March is Multiple Myeloma Awareness Month. It was exactly three months ago (12/1) that I was officially diagnosed with this rare blood/plasma cell cancer. Since then, I have learned so much about it, about myself and about the power of belief and strength.
Today I begin the last weekend of Chemo cycle number 4. CRD – Carfilzomib, Revlimid, Dexamethasone. I am 81% in remission. I am heading down a path to survive this disease. Today I am grateful to everyone who is on the path with me.
My family – Helene, Victor, Ava, my parents, my in laws, my brothers and sisters and my brothers and sisters in law. Cousins, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews as well. Your constant support and encouragement carries me through every day and gives me reason to battle.
My friends and my community – thank you for wearing the #bradstrong bracelets. I see them all over town. I fight for everyone in the community that stops to say hello, comments on the blog, sends me a text or email, makes fabulous meals for us, or comes into the city for treatment with me. You are a HUGE part of this battle.
My co-workers – thank you for allowing me to be me. I may not answer your email right away (come to think of it I never was that on the ball administratively anyway) but I am working and fighting for all of you and I think the results will continue to bear that out.
Dr. Jagannath and everyone at Mount Sinai – thank you for putting me on the right path, for putting up with my endless questions and my general annoying self.
Without a doubt, I never felt that I wouldn’t beat this cancer. It’s getting harder as the cumulative effect of chemo is wearing me down a little. I also never felt it would be easy. Having all of you in my fight has made it that much easier. We are winning.
So as I head off to Mt. Sinai once again, join me to take some time to recognize Multiple Myeloma Awareness Month. This rare, INCURABLE, blood cancer that affects 1 out of every 149 people in the United States and has taken the lives of Geraldine Ferraro, Roy Scheider, Sam Walton, Peter Boyle, Louis Rukeyser and Ann Landers.
Cancer doesn’t discriminate. Survivors include, Mel Stottlemyre, Don Baylor, Pat Williams of the Orlando Magic and my new friends @MPG61, @amyygarofalo, @brabbs, @myelomateacher, @tomkowalski, @foxmoran and my newest friend Stan.
March is Multiple Myeloma Awareness Month. Tell someone today. Help find a cure.