Hi all, my name is Christine and I was diagnosed with Multiple myeloma early February of this year. I had a hysterectomy late February last year and spent 2 months at home recovering, after which I developed pain in my spine (April). It started out as just pain, but got worse. Near the summer, it was excruciating to say the least. I must have gone to my doctor a dozen times. I went for Xrays, bone density test, MRI, for him to tell me that I had 4 compression fractures in my spine at various levels. I thought, great...now what? He couldn't say. He prescribed pain medication, suggested massage therapy and/or physio therapy, which I did...for a while. But I wanted to know why and how I got those fractures. I had not fallen, or had any accident, so I was perplexed as to why I had these fractures. He couldn't say. He thought it was osteoporosis! I was only 49 years old! I thought it was ridiculous. So, because I was so relentless at finding out why, he sent a requisition for a specialist, a rheumatologist. This was October I think. I got a call for an appointment late January this year. After speaking with the specialist, I think she knew right away what I had and sent me for some blood work. They got the results back fairly quickly and sent them to my family doctor, who then called me at work on a Wednesday to tell me the news. I have cancer. I couldn't believe it. I had a follow up appointment scheduled for that coming Monday, but the specialist called Thursday to say she's referring me to a hematologist and that she won't see me at the follow up, that I should wait to see the new doctor. Luckily, I got a call the following day to see the new doctor on the Monday. Everything went quickly after that. I have been in treatment since late February and will continue until June. I was supposed to go for stem cell transplant after, but with the pandemic, they will postpone it but will continue my treatments in the meantime. My treatments are going really well and the myeloma cells are reducing considerably, which is why they are able to postpone my transplant. Anyway, that's my story. I'm doing the best I can to survive.
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