Surviving Multiple Myeloma — One Man’s Story
Multiple myeloma is type of cancer affecting the plasma cells in bone marrow. And Herman Gold has been surviving multiple myeloma for years against all odds and predictions.
A funny thing happened on the way to Herman Gold’s funerals…he didn’t show up! There were six of them, but before I get into the details, let me explain a little about this devastating cancer.
Multiple Myeloma Causes
The plasma cells that are affected by this disease help the body’s immune system fight other diseases by producing special proteins that are called antibodies. In the case of multiple myeloma, these plasma cells grow out of control within the bone marrow and create tumors in the areas of solid bone.
These bone tumors make it difficult for the bone marrow to make not only red blood cells, but also white blood cells and platelets. The inability to create these cells causes anemia, which in turn makes a person with the condition more likely to get infections and have abnormal bleeding.
As these cancer cells multiply in the bone marrow, they can cause severe pain and ultimately destruction of the bones where the cells reside. Indeed, if the spinal bones are affected, this bone deterioration can put pressure on the spinal nerves, resulting in numbness or even paralysis.
Multiple myeloma most often affects older adults. And, if you have a history of radiation therapy for other ailments it seems to raise your risk for this type of cancer.
In future posts I will try to explain some of the symptoms of multiple myeloma, the signs and tests that can be used in detecting multiple myeloma, the treatments, and some of the complications of multiple myeloma.
More About Herman Gold
His story is an inspiration for anyone who is faced with a diagnosis of having a terminal illness. His is a story that every patient, every family member and every caregiver should read. Even though Herman Gold still battles his cancer, his indomitable spirit and his ability to educate and encourage others in their battles is truly uplifting.
Buy his book “A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To My Funerals…”. Read it. Absorb his message. Learn how you too can simply refuse to give in to the grim reaper.
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