Jul 04, 2008 - 9:41 am
I was identified of having MM in 2003. My problem actually began in 2001/I have solitary plasma cytoma at that time. It developed into MM in 2003. Everyone kind of gave up except me. At the near end , 2005, I was offered a stem cell transplant to be paid by DOD. I didn't have a choice so I accepted. In addition, I did not have a donor with a match in the family.I have 10 brothers and sisters but no match/dam. I didn't understand this at first because they were my blood kin folks. Now I do, I guess. We both needed to be example-3part mother 2part father. etc. Either way I did not have the right chemical match. So, I donored myself. It's called an auto transplant. My docter was gifted. She believed in what she was doing. Throughout the entire procedure, she kept a smile on her face, so I followed suit. I did two stem cells transplant, Feb 2005 and May 2005. I am reminded by my doctor that MM is not cureable but we can keep it in check. Sounds like a plan to me, count me in. Well this is Jul 2008 and I am still here thank God. Yea, don't forget to always say that. My checkup was two weeks ago. I did blood work and bone survey. No sign of m-protein or issues. According to medics, it.s still there. The hiding game is OK with me. Hope is always there. With a combination of Hope,faith, Insurance $$ or clinical trial(that's what I did)Things can be fruitful with long life. I am 56 but something strange happen doing the transplants. They reset the clock, I feel better, eat better, etc. I can talk forever about this, E-mail me and I will tell you what I eat mostly.