Welcome to our CaringBridge site. We've created it to help keep everyone updated on Nancy's progress. It's exhausting telling and retelling the adventures of her journey, as she is quite an adventurous gal! We thought this might help keep everyone in the loop.
Mom was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma in July of 2015. She had a tingling and numbness in her hands that just wouldn't go away. We suspected carpal tunnel issues (from using her walker) or nephropathy due to her diabetes. NEVER did we suspect the dreaded "C" word. Thankfully, her family doctor was "on the ball" and was suspicious of her symptoms. She did a blood test that (when high) indicates cancer is somewhere in your body. After a whirlwind of different specialists, we began our journey with an oncologist.
Multiple Myeloma is basically cancer of the bone marrow or your plasma. Multiple Myeloma is a cancer formed by malignant plasma cells. Normal plasma cells are found in the bone marrow and are an important part of the immune system. In multiple myeloma, the overgrowth of plasma cells in the bone marrow can crowd out normal blood-forming cells, leading to low blood counts (http://www.cancer.org/ssLINK/understanding-your-lab-test-results
). Over time and left untreated it can cause small holes or lesions to form in your bones, weakening the skeletal structure.