multiple myeloma (MM)
I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma (MM) in 2016. I had a hip replacement, and a mass was found on my hip, so I was referred to a cancer doctor. But the strangest thing was, I had no symptoms, so I went to the doctor, and I went through all kinds of tests. The doctor told me, “You have MM,” and I am like what's that? She said it was a blood cancer. I asked what do I need to do about it, and she told me I needed a stem cell transplant. But that was after so many doctor visits and labs, at one point she would tell me I had it and the next visit that I didn't.
So, in 2021, I had a second opinion with another doctor, and she did labs. It was confirmed that I had MM. I did weeks of chemo until I was admitted to the hospital in March of 2022 to have my transplant. It was a rocky road, but I made it through with the help of my daughter taking me to Atlanta to Emory every month. She was by my side every step of the way. She was there, and that's what I love about her. My companion and son were there too. My son would call me every day, and when I got home, my family also was there for me ― my four sisters, my brother, and my cousins. I have a family who really cares, and I also know there is a God because if not, I would not have made it this far, for he is a mighty and on-time God.