Finding An Inner Strength (That I Did Not Know I Had)

Valarie Traynham |

Since being diagnosed with myeloma in 2015, I have rallied to educate, inspire, and empower other myeloma patients and caregivers. My myeloma journey has been a challenging, yet rewarding one. I have found an inner strength that I did not know I possessed. With this strength, I have stepped out of my comfort zone, have explored and have gained so much knowledge about the newest therapies to treat myeloma as well as how to live well with myeloma. I get great pleasure in sharing the information I learn with other myeloma warriors in my support group and raising awareness about myeloma when and wherever I have the opportunity.

As the days approach, I get more excited about the upcoming 60th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Hematology Meeting (#ASH18). I am grateful to be a part of the International Myeloma Foundation patient representative team. In the past, I have made an effort to keep up with the latest happenings at ASH through vlogs, blogs, and Facebook and other social media outlets. It is such a privilege and honor to be able to attend the conference for the first time this year. I’m sure the days will be long, and there will be an abundance of information to take in and so many new things to learn. I look forward to learning more about therapies for relapsed myeloma, living with myeloma as a chronic disease, and the racial disparities in myeloma care.

Follow me and the other support group leaders on Twitter for the latest updates from #ASH18.

Valarie Traynham

Aurora IL Multiple Myeloma Networking Group


2 Responses to "Finding An Inner Strength (That I Did Not Know I Had)"
  1. suzanna says:

    Val, thank you so much for sharing your heart and tiur journey. I am so very proud of you and look forward to learning more so I can support you more and be aware! Enjoy the conference! You are such a blessing to so many here. I know you will be to others as well.

  2. Linda Caldwell says:

    Are there patient specific presentations? If so which programs?
    Do you have a Facebook account?
    Thank you.
    Linda Caldwell

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