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A Multiple Myeloma Patient’s Wish Helps Ease My Pain Following University Of Wisconsin’s NCAA Tournament Loss Sunday

Posted on March 22 2010 by Pat Killingsworth | 986 views

The Trip to Jacksonville was fun—even though my beloved Badgers were “spanked” by Cornell, losing by eighteen points.  On Saturday I read an e-mail from a woman who is struggling with a very aggressive and unresponsive form of multiple myeloma.  She just endured a second transplant after only six months, since her myeloma was not slowed by the first SCT.  This patient ended her e-mail on a positive, whimsical note, writing that her former school’s success (Cornell) in the NCAA tournament gave her hope. “If Cornell can win—maybe I can win too!” I thought about that e-mail a number of times during the game. Cornell out-hustled and out-worked the favored University of Wisconsin team—something the Badgers often do to other teams. But not Sunday. Cornell was magnificent! I hope they can keep winning. And I hope Cornell’s Cinderella-like performance continues to inspire this unnamed patient in her life and death battle against cancer.

Feel good and keep smiling!  Pat

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