Since then, I have survived over a year of aggressive treatment, achieved complete remission and resolutely immersed myself in a world I never could never have previously imagined.
For those of you keeping score, following are are some simple facts about the disease:
Major strides have been made in fighting this disease in the last few years. Brilliant research scientists and doctors continue to try to unlock the mysteries of this horrible cancer. Remissions are possible with new treatments, but Myeloma cells are infamous for becoming resistant to common chemotherapy. The immediate goal is to get the disease growth under control and to keep patients in remission, with a good quality of life, for as long as possible.
There you have it! Not very pretty, but I am convinced that major developments will happen over the next 5 -10 years. My doctors at UAMS believe that a cure will be found. That is what I pray for. In any event, I will not give up!
How did I get into remission? That'll be for a future post. For a deeper understanding of MM, check out the links to the right.
In the meantime, I'll keep fighting the good fight here in Myelomaville!