In June 2012 at 3a.m. one morning, I woke up with severe back pain and went straight to the emergency room. I was diagnosed with kidney stones, but as I read the scan report I noticed it had a footnote which said “bone lesions”. I showed this to my primary care doctor who then ordered blood work and referred me to an oncologist. Three weeks later, I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma.
As a Vietnam War veteran and trial lawyer, I have been through a lot, but this news was shocking. I thought I was going to die. Still in disbelief, I requested a second opinion at The VA Hospital. They confirmed my diagnosis and I was ordered to start treatment immediately.
I have always been a builder. Professionally, I am an architect. You could say that I’ve spent my life building spaces where people could grow. I never imagined, however, that I would someday have to rebuild my own. In February 2015, after experiencing months of excruciating and debilitating back pain that doctors mistakenly attributed to deteriorating lower lumbar discs, I had an MRI that revealed multiple vertebral compressed fractures. My new doctor, suspecting multiple myeloma, immediately ordered blood work.
Sharon Clark was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2015 after experiencing unusual symptoms like aches and fatigue. Her treatment has included multiple courses of oral anti-cancer medication, countless injections, infusions and hospitalizations, a stem cell transplant and two spinal surgeries to repair cracked bones caused by the myeloma. She continues to be treated with an LLS-supported oral anti-cancer therapy to keep her cancer in remission.
I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in February 2014. My journey with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) began one year later when I signed up to participate in my first-ever Light The Night Walk and put together a fundraising team.
The event was amazing and all my family and friends were there to show support. When the blood cancer survivors moved to the middle of the survivor circle to light up their lanterns, it was one of the most powerful moments I’ve ever experienced.
30 years ago I was told I needed additional blood tests after a routine check-up. I was too busy to follow those instructions. Looking back it probably was an excuse not to have to face the truth. My fatigue and many infections I had attributed to stress in my personal life. I convinced myself there was nothing to worry about.
Two years later, at age 44, I was hospitalized with pneumonia in Illinois and it was then I received my diagnosis of "Multiple Myeloma". Three weeks later I was s....
WALKING BY FAITH
I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma the week of Thanksgiving 2015. Stage 2. The doctors said no cure. Lol I’ve heard those words before.
For those who know my story, and have witnessed the move of God in my life, knew that God would show me Mercy and Favor.
When I lost my best friend to suicide God was there.
In 2000 I was diagnosed with an eye disease, doctor said there was no cure. Declared legally blind for years, then lost my sight completely for an entire ye....