Mark Hamilton Mark HamiltonMM

First post: Feb 6, 2020 Latest post: Aug 31, 2020
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We moved to Hot Springs Village just over three years ago.  About six months after moving to HSV, I had my annual Medicare physical.   My blood work showed something wrong and I had more blood work done.   My white, red, and platelet cells were low.  My doctor referred me to hematologist/oncologist in Hot Springs who determined that I had multiple myeloma.  The hematologist said he would treat me.

I went home started doing research and discovered the best place to get care in the United States for multiple myeloma was in Little Rock at UAMS.   I left the Hot Springs hematologist and went for a four- day evaluation at UAMS.    I confirmed that we made the right choice of hospitals when a volunteer was assigned to us for the first day of tests to show us to each appointment.

The results of the evaluation confirmed that I had multiple myeloma.  The surprising news that was I wouldn’t start any treatment.    I was identified as “smoldering”.   That meant I had the disease but it was not at a point that treatment would be beneficial.    It turns out that treating multiple myeloma early has little or no effect on the patient’s long-term outcome.   At first, I was a disappointed but when I took time to reflect avoiding chemotherapy as long as possible had to good for my body.

After 2 and ½ years of smoldering the disease got bad enough that I needed treatment.   So off to UAMS I go.

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