Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Valerie was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma in June 2020. This is a treatable blood cancer with new treatments emerging all the time. While MM is currently considered incurable, and our goal is remission, medical advances make any such categorizations counter-productive. This is an unexpected journey, but it is sure to teach us new things about ourselves and each other.
Your encouragement helps us maintain our strength and positivity, and we already feel as though we are newly able to be present to the beauty of every moment. We ask that you maintain the same level of optimism and avoid any comments intended to reassure that might be perceived more negatively by us. We have an excellent doctor and are trusting his expertise, wisdom, and guidance. His colleagues call him a miracle worker, and we are going all in with that until further notice.
OFF-LIMITS: Stories about friends who had the same cancer; stories of side effects or treatments that were especially difficult to endure; anything that speaks to specific statistics related to stages. Stages and stats are based on the past 5-10 years, and no statistics exist for those diagnosed and beginning treatment in 2020, so we believe we will beat all those stats and be part of new success stories.
OKAY TO SHARE: Breaking news on new treatments; breaking news on environmental causes/correlations.
DONATIONS: Any references to donations on this site are donations to the Caring Bridge platform, not to Valerie or to this specific site for Valerie. Nonetheless, it is a worthy cause, so donate if you like. However, at this point, we do not need and are not requesting donations. If/when that changes, Caring Bridge makes it easy to integrate Go Fund Me and Meal Train, so we will use those when necessary. We are currently counting our blessings that it's not.