Doing so much better today! The thickening of my stomach wall is still there, but my fever is gone, and antibiotics seem to be working. I’m all too aware of how many of you have also lived through the “worst days of your lives.”
I can’t stay focused for very long without discomfort. So indulge me and let me zero in on a real life Cinderella story that makes me smile.
Here’s a picture of myeloma survivor and dear friend, Cindy, from New Jersey:
This shot was taken in Boston before I returned home following the epic Light the Night event around historic Boston Commons.
I’ve written about Cindy before. Cindy was an amazing teacher, forced to retire early because of her myeloma. Instead of passively accepting her plight, Cindy started educating herself, eventually taking on the Twitter handle @MyelomaTeacher. Cindy now has over 3,000 followers (I have a mere 1,000+). She also serves on several important foundation boards, helping run her Philadelphia myeloma support group and traveling across the country as a Takeda Patient Ambassodor.
A week ago, Cindy was a special guest of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) at their blockbuster fundraising gala.
Cynthia, you look breathtaking!
We live tweeted all night. I didn’t start feeling really bad until Sunday night. Has it really been a week? If you’re the one going through it, time seems to stand still. Never thought I’d be up to finishing this post.
Here’s a shot of Cindy and the President of the MMRF, Walter Capone:
Cindy is very humble. But she did share with me how pleased she is that the MMRF is starting to include and recognize patients like us. Whatever makes you smile, dear friend.
You can’t know what a relief it is to feel good enough to smile! Pat