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I'm not sure where to put this, so if it needs to be moved that's alright.<br><br>
We've found out recently my mother has Multiple Myeloma. Multiple myeloma is a type of cancer formed by malignant plasma cells.<br><br>
Tomorrow we find out the rest of her test results and stage she's in. She's had a bone marrow biopsy, blood and urine tests, and today she's having a bone scan.<br><br>
I'm just wondering if anyone knows more about Multiple Myeloma, if you've known anyone with it, and how treatment went, was there family history of it, etc. I have no clue if this type of cancer could be genetic and could be passed onto me, or any child I have. Not that I'm going to worry about it, I'd just like to know if there is any research out there that has some information. Any information would be helpful. I have looked up information on the internet and in my medical books from when I worked at a hospital. I guess I'm just looking for personal experiences with being a family member or friend of someone with it.<br><br>
Needless to say my world has been turned upside down with this diagnosis as my mother has just turned 49 this weekend. Just looking for some support and personal experiences.<br><br>
I am very supportive of my mother, and will do anything I have to, to make sure she makes it through this. However, I'm not sure where to get support for myself and possibly my brother. If you've known anyone with it did you join a support group? What was that like?<br><br>
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my beloved grandmother died of MM slightly less than a year after being diagnosed with it. Things did not go well for her, and she suffered a lot from the treatment. I don't think it is linked to genetics, but is often linked to chemical exposure during one's lifetime. Farmers (who use chemicals/ pesticides) are more likely to be diagnosed with MM. My grandmother had worked in a nylon factory for many years. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> Hopefully someone else here has some more info for you!<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">my beloved grandmother died of MM slightly less than a year after being diagnosed with it. Things did not go well for her, and she suffered a lot from the treatment. I don't think it is linked to genetics, but is often linked to chemical exposure during one's lifetime. Farmers (who use chemicals/ pesticides) are more likely to be diagnosed with MM. My grandmother had worked in a nylon factory for many years. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> Hopefully someone else here has some more info for you!<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"></div>
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Thank you for the hugs! I need them!<br><br>
I have read that it can be linked to chemical exposure however, My mother has always worked in hospitals as a medical transcriptionist. She'd didn't grow up on a farm, or work in a factory where there were use of chemicals or pesticides. She's worked at home as a medical transcriptionist for about 10 years now. Everything I've read has said the same thing you did. I'm just alittle confused on where she would become exposed to this unless it was in the hospital where she worked? I don't know if that could be a possibility or not.<br><br>
I'm so sorry to hear about your grandmother! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> Thank you for replying and sharing!
 

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My f-i-l was diagnosed almost 6 years ago. He had a successful stem stell transplant and is doing really well. He lives in Vancoucer and had his transplant at the end of January 2000. He wanted to come to Toronto to meet his graddaughter before the transplant (myy dd Simone was born inJ anuary 2000) - he still says she was a great big motivation!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> . Because we were so far away, we didn't witness firsthand the effects of treatment, but from all accounts it was risky and terrible. But . . he got his 5 year cancer free clearance around Simone's brithday this year and is doing GREAT! PM me if you want more info I think I might still have some written or website info around!<br><br>
Good Luck and take care of yourself.<br><br>
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I'm so sorry to hear about your Mother. My Mom died of it last spring. She was 60 when she got it. I'm hoping its not very advanced yet. There are lots of treatment options, chemo, radiation, thalidomide etc. There's some good work being done using stem cells as well. My Mom did really well for 3 years alhtough she was prone to pneumonia outbreaks. In the end her heart gave out during a pneumonia stage although her oncologist had given her a rough prognosis of 6 months at the time.<br><br>
As far as I understand it is not genetic, no one in my family had it before, or other cancer either. There are a few good sites on it, the US MM society is good and I recall there being a good discussion forum. If you can't find it let me know and I'll ask my aunt, she posted regularily. I know the cancer society had support groups for families that you might want to look into. If you need anything or just want to talk, pm me. Michelle
 
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