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Nima Palma Maples
May 4, 2016
Hi there family and friends,Thanks for visiting my website. I appreciate all of your support and prayers as I continue of my journey of life and my battle against cancer. I was diagnosed on July 26, 2010. I have had two back fractures as a result of my cancer. One on my T6 that occurred on Saturday, April 19, 2008 while we were at Knott's Berry Farm celebrating Logan's 11th birthday on the Ghost Rider. The other fracture is on my T8 and occurred while Logan and I were walking Belle, our dog, on Tuesday, June 22, 2010. When I had my first fracture, I was not referred to an Orthopaedic Surgeon to follow my care, my primary care doctor followed my care. When I asked him to carefully review my hospital records, he ruled it out as mild arthritis. I thank God for my second fracture because that is when I was diagnosed with cancer. I did not know I had fractured my back the second time, because all I felt was a twitch at first but as the days went by, my pain got worse. When I went to Urgent Care the following Saturday, June 26th, they diagnosed me withe a muscle sprain after x-rays. My pain continued so I went to my primary care doctor that Monday, June 28th. I insisted that he order an MRI for me. I finally received my MRI on Friday, July 9, 2010. I received a call from my doctor on Monday, July 12th. He told me he wanted to see me that day and asked what time I could come in. Dave, Logan and I went to see my doctor at 1:00 pm., at this time he told me of the possibility of having Multiple Myeloma. He shocked all of us. I started crying, Dave looked scared and Logan was quiet. He also told me he was referring me to an oncologist and ordering an additional test, a CT Scan. I had my CT Scan on the evening of my birthday, July 13th which was sad, but I had a lot of family support. My mom was with me and Dave stayed home from work, and we also had our kids with us. We also celebrated my birthday when we got home that evening with ice cream cake and nearby family and friends. I saw the oncologist on Monday, July 19th, he explained how he needed to do a bone marrow biopsy. He conducted the procedure there in the office. It was painful, but I was ready because I needed a definite answer. I was scheduled for a follow-up visit. This is where my journey with the battle of cancer began, on Monday, July 26, 2010. The first time the doctor confirmed the diagnosis of multiple myeloma. I always remind Logan that I am thankful we went for a walk that day. Otherwise, I could have gone undiagnosed for a long time. God was on my side as usual.