After a routine doctor appointment in September 2019, my life was forever changed – I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, The doctors and myself were in disbelief as very few patients are diagnosed at such a young age. I was young, healthy, and lived a very active lifestyle. This news was devastating to my family and me.
Almost two years later, I can now say that I have reached MRD-negative status after completing my stem cell transplant last May during the pandemic. I’m currently completing my final rounds of maintenance therapy and feel grateful that I will be wrapping up at the end of the year. I’m beyond thankful for my amazing support system with my family and friends by my side. I’ve been able to push through the only way I know how and that’s by staying positive, living my active lifestyle, and doing what I love most, spending time with my family.
I will be participating in the Moving Mountains for Multiple Myeloma program trekking Colorado in September to raise funds and awareness for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF). I found out about this program from my husband as he signed me up when I was first diagnosed. He knew my love for the outdoors and thought this would be a great way for me and our family to bring awareness to Multiple Myeloma. I’m so excited to be part of this program and looking forward to conquering these mountains with our entire team.