1933 / Class of '92 / bone involvement /
Last Update: 11/96
I am a 63 year old female who was diagnosed January, 1992 with MM after 2
collapsed vertebra. Treated for 2 years with Alkeran and Prednisone. Initially
underwent 15 treatments of radiation to T-spine. Was under no treatment for 2
years then in October, 1995 started Alkeran and Prednisone again and Aredia
every 28 days. Have had 2 almost normal and 4 normal M-spike readings as of May
In Oct of '94 I had radiation on a lesion in my sacrum joint. I am about 4
inches shorter than before. I have led a fairly normal life these 4 1/2 years.
The first 6 or so months I was in pretty bad shape, but since then I have been
able to walk 2 or 3 miles a day.
Last July I took a trip to the World Special Olympics in Conn. where my son
participated. We have taken several car trips. I wear a brace when I go out, but
around the house I don't often wear it. I've had to give up tennis (which I was
playing 3 or 4 times a week. I'm playing bridge now.
As of Nov. 10, 1996 my blood work is still good. I have been getting 60mg. of
Aredia every 28 days, but in December I plan to increase that amount to 90mg.
Also I started estrogen replacement therapy in October.
I have a very supportive husband and friends.