Nottinghamshire, England; Spurs@Jake77.freeserve.co.uk
1955 / Class of '97 / Last Update: 6/00
Before diagnosis l had had very little illness; in fact, l had not been off
work since leaving school. I was diagnosed with MM in June, 1997, after
experiencing extreme pain in my hip, chest and upper back. After insisting on a
x-ray of my back l was diagnosed and treated by my local hospital. My blood
level at the time of diagnosis was showing 73% protein. During my treatment of
chemo (6x), radiotherapy (4x), and a BMT from my brother, I lost three inch in
height and also have a dent in my chest. I have osteoporosis of the area of
damage to my spine, for which I have an allergy to the treatment.
I was very ill during my treatment and often felt that l had had enough. I
returned to my job as prison officer after five months and have remained in
remission since October 1997.
My advice to other sufferers would be: Keep your family on your side. Keep
them informed. Do not believe everything you are told. Live for the moment.