From a Vortex of Confusion to a Vortex of Hope

Yvonne Yaksic |

On February 14, 2005, I was diagnosed with Stage III Multiple Myeloma. My family was told to get my affairs in order. I was sent home from the hospital on thalidomide, 40mg of daily dexamethasone, and a fentanyl patch. I was caught in a vortex of confusion, pain and despair.  THEN, my daughter called the International Myeloma Foundation: We transferred my care to Hillman Cancer Center, I attended my first support group meeting where I met my dear friend Lou Ann, and we found ourselves in a vortex of HOPE!

It is with much gratitude that I tell you The International Myeloma Foundation has invited me to attend the 60th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Hematology in San Diego, California, as a patient representative. As a first-time attendee, I know it will be a bit overwhelming.  I think all myeloma patients will agree that we are familiar with being overwhelmed… so… I see this as an exciting opportunity to observe and learn at the many oral presentations from the top researchers around the world.  I will then SHARE HOPE with the inspiring members of the Pittsburgh Support Group and others as I learn of the many advancements made, and on the horizon, in the treatment of multiple myeloma. Although this may sound strange, I say thank you to multiple myeloma as you have taught me well to face challenges head on!!

2 Responses to "From a Vortex of Confusion to a Vortex of Hope"
  1. Susan Hill says:

    Yvonne, I am so pleased you will be representing the group. I can never thank you enough for the warmth and information that you give to everyone in the group. Sue

  2. Andy Sninsky says:

    Someday maybe this summer I will drop into the Group in the Pittsburgh Strip District. I could use a pit stop at the Polish deli again. It has been a while.

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