BENEFITING: PHILADELPHIA MULTIPLE MYELOMA NETWORKING GROUP
Ten years ago I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I went to a support group called Gilda's Club and aside from getting the support that I needed I met a woman who was diagnosed with cancer about the same time I was. However, she was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a blood cancer that usually takes its victims within the first couple years of diagnosis. This woman, Chrissy, who became my dear friend, has lived with the myeloma on the back burner of her life, not letting it bring her down. She has done countless talks and speeches for Gilda's as a testimonial to the importance of staying positive when going through the cancer experience. Now, ten years later, her symptoms are starting to get the better of her and although she tries to keep going sometimes she is held back by terrible fatigue and other symptoms of the disease. I feel I must do something to keep this angel on earth here longer and to eradicate this disease called multiple myeloma. There has not been nearly enough research money given for this cancer. My friend has been an inspiration to not only other cancer patients, but to anyone she comes in contact with that doesn't even know she has cancer.