A few months after my dad my mother was diagnosed with MultipleMyeloma. She had been unwell for a number of years leading up to this so in some strange way I felt relieved that we had some answers. Myeloma can smolder in people for many years before coming active and I'm sure this was the case for my mom and maybe even me. My mother's fight with the disease is the most inspiring I'veheard for a myeloma patient. She was sixty and had a bone marrow transplant from herself where they take out some of her marrow clean it up and put it back in. Things started off OK but soon she got sick, then really sick having developed a nasty lung infection. Her treatment for the lung infection alone went on for a year. By Christmas of 2002 she weighed under ninety lbs and had endured a light heart attack. She was days away from leaving us and we were preparing for the worst. I remember my sister and I begging her to start eating more and she just couldn't. Slowly with dad tending to her every need with his amazing strength and patience- she began coming back to life. This was over the course of the next few years- she just kept getting stronger and to this day I swear she's still improving. She looks fantastic and has been taking a myeloma drug that has given her her life back and taken the cancer down to a point it's barely detectable. She plays bridge, she gardens, cooks for the family when everyone comes to town. I couldn't put in to words how big a comeback this was. I never realized how strong and competitive my mother is but I know now....and I bow to the master!
Posted by Chad Warren at 1:29 PM