• Life With Multiple Myeloma
    • Aug 05, 2017

    Patient Power: The Myeloma Life

BY ERIC HANSEN

They say the most stressful life events are moving to a new home; giving a speech to a big crowd; family holidays; and losing a spouse or family member. Well, they left out one other huge one—a cancer diagnosis.

And yet, long-term survivors have a lot to say about their journeys that may surprise you—in a good way!
We all need time to think about what our life will be like with myeloma, once we’ve had the ‘diagnosis’ meeting.

Once the shock wears off and a couple of years go by and you find you are still here, then what? Stop in at the Patient Café below to hear five patients’ stories…

About Author

Eric Hansen

Eric Hansen had just retired when he and his wife Jeanne received his diagnosis of multiple myeloma in March 2012. At that time, his prognosis was between three to four years. Eric had both a stem cell transplant and radiation and suffered through two infections and double pneumonia. He is quick to note, though, that he still enjoys “the fun stuff,” particularly vacations with Jeanne and fishing for salmon. Eric has learned a few lessons about being a cancer patient: Get connected, find credible websites, become knowledgeable, put your own team together, and be your own advocate. His prognosis is now seven to 10 years. As he puts it, “Science is moving quickly on cancer. I need to run to keep up with it.”

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