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May 10, 2016
Welcome to Jane's CaringBridge website. This sight is maintained for Jane by her daughter Caroline.
Thank you so much for caring about Mom and wanting to keep up with her - I can not tell you how much she appreciates it!
Mom has the most positive attitude of anyone I have ever met that has cancer. She will tell you Myeloma will not dominate her life - she thinks about it as little as possible, leaving the cancer decisions to doctors - WOW what courage she has! So when you see or talk to her remember Myeloma is just a mountain she must climb to continue her hike!!
If you want to know more about Mom's story click below on Read My Story
One Sunday in August of 2009 Mom called to tell me that she had what she described as "double vision". After a couple of days of tests, the doctors determined that she had a Chordoma tumor outside her brain near her pituitary gland that was pressing on her optic nerve. With the help of her good friend Dr. George Hurt, she was immediately scheduled for surgery at UVA with Dr. Jane. Once Dr. Jane began operating, he knew that she did not have a Chordoma tumor - she had Multiple Myeloma - a cancer of the blood plasma cells. What appeared to be a tumor was a collection of myeloma cells.
Once Mom recovered from surgery, she began radiation therapy on the cluster of myeloma cells. Mom and Dad consulted a Myeloma specialist at Dana Fauber in Boston and together, they decided to wait to perform a stem cell transplant because typically you needed to have more disease to consider further treatment.
Mom continued regular visits with Dr. Halpin in Lynchburg. In August of 2011 Mom told me she had a doctors appointment - I asked if I could go and she said yes - I knew then that it was time to fight the battle that we had so eagerly wanted to fight for the past 2 years! We chose to use Dr. Gasparretto at Duke.
In October, Mom began 3 months of treatment in preparation for the stem cell transplant that was scheduled for March of 2012. In the end of January 2012, we got the go ahead that the treatments were successful and she was indeed ready for the stem cell transplant.
Now we are just waiting for March 14th to go to Duke and start the transplant process.