Cynthia’s Faith Helps Her Through

  • August 09, 2017

    Cynthia’s Faith Helps Her Through

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This #MyelomaVoices story was submitted on March 6, 2017, by Cynthia, who was diagnosed with myeloma in November 2015.

I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma the week of Thanksgiving 2015. Stage 2. The doctors say no cure. Lol. I’ve heard those words before.

For those who know my story, and have witnessed the move of God in my life, knew that God would show me Mercy and Favor.

I lost my best friend to suicide? God was there.

In 2000 I was diagnosed with an eye disease. The doctor said there was no cure. Declared legally blind for years, then lost my sight completely for an entire year. God was there. I had cornea transplants in both eyes. I am able to see today because God was there.

I lost my spouse in 2004 after being married for only 1 month. God was there. I remembered being asked by a coworker at that time, how can I love a God like that? My answer was, how can I not love a God like that? No matter what we go through, God is there.

Multiple Myeloma

When I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma I immediately felt lost. Different from anything else that I had experienced. Then I remembered reading a quote. Cancer is a word, not a sentence. Then it was time to fight, and my thoughts were when God get ready to move this mountain he will. All I’m asking is that he give me the strength to climb.

Chemo, radiation, side effects, pain, fatigue, sleepless nights. Physically exhausted yet spiritually strong.

I made a decision to have bone marrow transplant in August 2016. I also participated in a clinical trial which was done the day after transplant. It was explained that you are randomly selected for the trial. And yes I was selected, I call it God’s favor.

This was a very difficult time. Going through that gave a new meaning to the word sick. I had so many blood transfusions that I lost count. Since the transplant and the trial, I am so much better. I’m six months out and now on maintenance. I take Revlimid 5mg. Start my immunizations next week. I’ve had three biopsies since the transplant, and consults have all been positive, where there were no signs of myeloma. I still get very tired after 2-3 hours. But every day that I survive is a blessing and a victory. So if you ever feel that you’ve come to the end of your rope. Remember tie a knot and hang on because God is there.

 

**The opinions expressed in this story are solely of the patient Cynthia. To learn more about transplants or Revlimid, visit the following links:

10 Steps to Better Care: Transplants

Revlimid: lenalidomide

Understanding Revlimid