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Connie’s Story (Multiple Myeloma)

Connie's Story Multiple MyelomaMy story starts in April 2004, with two young school children. I would walk with them to and from school every day. Then one day, I made it to the school but couldn’t make it back home. I had to call someone for a ride. I started to hurt all over and was extremely fatigued. What was going on with me? Then I was told: Fibromyalgia.

At that time, it was still new. No one knew what it was or how to treat it. I became a lab rat. Then in August 2010, I tripped over my dog and felt like I fractured my hip. X-rays revealed nothing was wrong, so doctor after doctor couldn’t figure out what was wrong with me and why I was in so much pain. Finally, I was sent for an MRI in January 2011. This proved that I have a large mass in between my pelvis and hip joint, the size of a Rubik’s cube. After a bone marrow biopsy, I now have Multiple Myeloma.

After a month of radiation and a year of chemo, I was able to go for a stem cell transplant. This put me into remission for 18 months. Now the Multiple Myeloma is back, and I have put my gloves on for round two. I am presently on a different chemo and waiting for a second transplant in early 2015.

Connie
Colorado
Submitted 12/10/2014

The informational content of this article is intended to convey a personal experience and, because every person’s experience is unique, should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.

This story is intended to convey a personal experience and, because every person’s experience is unique, should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.

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