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Cancerbro - My story of being diagnosed with stage 3 multiple myeloma and fighting it every day
Teri Multiple Myloma
Posted on Aug. 19, 2018, 7:59 p.m.
My story of being diagnosed with stage 3 multiple myeloma and fighting it every day
Hi Everyone! I’m your captain, Teri, and it’s so great to be here with you all. I’m 46 years old, and I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in January 2017. At that time, I was stage 3 and in acute kidney failure. I was initially treated with velcade, cytoxin, and dexamethasone until we started preparing for my stem cell transplant which was on Nov. 27th of last year. Now, I’m on maintenance chemo every two weeks which consists of velcade and dexamethasone. I’m an educator by trade, but I wasn’t able to work after April of last year because of side effects. I happily returned to work in March of this year, and I’m working full time now. Prior to my diagnosis, I was avid runner and tennis player. I used to work out every morning before work. In fact, it was pain in my rib cage after working out that first sent me to the doctor in November of 2016. Eventually, we learned it was myeloma. It’s been about eight months since my transplant and I just rejoined the gym. I’m so excited about that. I’m also excited to share any details of my journey to help any of you. Welcome to the group!