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8/31/2016 Latest post:
Multiple myeloma is a cancer that forms in a type of white blood cell called a plasma cell. Plasma cells help you fight infections by making antibodies that recognize and attack germs. Multiple myeloma causes cancer cells to accumulate in the bone marrow, where they crowd out healthy blood cells. The middle of May, this description became part of my life. After a whirlwind of infusions, medications and appointments -on August 9th I had my second bone marrow biopsy, and to the Doctors surprise, I was officially in remission! For this type of cancer, there is no cure, so the normal course of treatment following remission is to have a bone marrow transplant. Stem cells are harvested from me- and kept for transplant. My official transplant date is August 30th. It will be done at Avera in Sioux Falls.