Laura and Guy Ratzlaf
Guy Ratzlaf was getting ready to go work one Friday morning, and he couldn’t turn the steering wheel in his car. Immediately, he and his wife went to the ER. Before he even knew much about myeloma, he began his initial treatment. Guy participated in a clinical trial, in which he took thalidomide with high-dose dexamethasone, and eventually underwent an allogeneic stem cell transplant. He tells other myeloma patients: If you’re going for a transplant, you should 1) Bring your own toilet paper and wipes because the hospital stuff is awful; 2) Get up and walk; and 3) Keep a positive attitude. Guy and his wife Laura continue to attend local IMF-affiliated Support Groups in their area today to find community and remain hopeful.