Multiple Myeloma

You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you – Brian Tracy

Multiple Myeloma

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Myeloma is measured by the numbers. Those of us with it are always counting on our fingers, tallying our gains and losses. We know our IgG number. We know our M-spike. We can reel off our free light chain kappa/lambda ratio. Our hemoglobin, our red blood cell count, our creatinine levels, our neutrophil count – we know them all.

Some of us keep detailed spreadsheets, tracking our lab results over long periods of time. Doing this is yet another tool to try to control the uncontrollable. I admit, I used to keep those spreadsheets. With those sheets, I watched my relapse come in slowly like a rising tide. When my oncologist and I agreed to resume treatment, I stopped tracking…

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