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Inspirational Stories

Paula

Myeloma Survivor

Hyattsville, MD

In the 1990’s, I was diagnosed with benign monoclonal gammopathy. In April 2013, I was experiencing severe back pain that lead me to the ER. The results of the x-rays lead me to seek medical treatment from a hematologist/oncologist. The bone marrow biopsy result confirmed multiple myeloma.

My chemotherapy was very aggressive, Revlimid 25mg (21 days and off 7 days) and Dexamethasone 4 mg (5 tabs a week). Another drug, Velcade was started and a severe allergy developed. The side effects left me with breathing problems, severe fatigue, loss of appetite, weakened immune system, and gastrointestinal bleeds. In addition, I suffered from Neuropathy. As a result, I had many hospitalizations.

Now, I’m off chemotherapy and feeling healthier and stronger. The help and love of family and friends, changes to my diet, prayer, and a positive state of mind have brought me through the tough times dealing with multiple myeloma. I would love to acknowledge Ms. Tracy Orwig at LLS’s national office for her assistance, kindness, and support.

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