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Covid Update

The IMF applauds the efforts of the volunteer leaders that conduct local myeloma support group meetings and virtual meetings.

The IMF is cautiously optimistic for local support groups to return back to in-person meetings when it’s safe in your community. We suggest that each group follow local, state and federal guidelines to help the volunteer leaders to determine when it will be safe to start meeting in-person again. The IMF will continue to provide Zoom licenses to all myeloma support groups that still meet virtually or have hybrid meetings.  Please contact the group leader for meeting details.

For additional updates on COVID-19 coronavirus, please click this link: Myeloma Patient Safety and the Coronavirus.

You may also wish to refer to www.cdc.gov for information and guidance on specifics for travel, vaccinations, variants and when/how to gather safely.

Stock Support Group Meeting

For more information contact

Viki Kimsal or Kevin Veenstra

Email: [email protected]

Meeting time2nd Saturday of the month from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Meeting Location Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital

St. Louis Park, MN 55426
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44.9306363, -93.3621119

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We meet in the Heart & Vascular Center Auditorium in Basement level across from the circular stairway. Park in Blue Ramp and take elevator to basement, enter hospital through double doors. Bring parking ticket to meeting for reduced parking rate validation sticker.

No reservations required. Light snacks and refreshments provided by Takeda Oncology. Meeting space provided by Methodist Hospital.

Upcoming events

IMF Events

Sep 30
#KNOWMYELOMA Variety Show
September 30, 2021 6:00 pm PST

Support Group Events

Oct 09
Insurance, vaccination, copays
October 9, 2021 10:00 am to 12:00 pm CST
Nov 13
Speaker: Teresa Miceli, RN, BSN, OCN
November 13, 2021 10:00 am to 12:00 pm CST
Dec 11
Holiday Pot Luck and sharing
December 11, 2021 10:00 am to 12:00 pm CST

View our past meetings here.

2020
January EQ/ EI and MM, Kara Johnson, Park Nicollet
February Targeted therapies: Variability in Patient Responses, Dr. Brian van Ness, U of MN
March Cancelled
April Small group discussion
May Small group discussion
June Health /Wellness of Patients w/ Relapsed Refractory MM, Rebecca Bean, R.N., Karyopharm
July Small group discussion
August Emerging Therapies in MM, Dr. Dingli, M.D. PhD, Rochester Mayo
September Diet and Nutrition for MM patients, Angela Stephens, MN Oncology, Clinical Dietician
October MM Open Discussion with Dr. Lacy, M.D., Rochester Mayo
November Choosing your insurance, Kari Mallone, Twin City Underwriters
December Holiday Pot-Luck and sharing
2019
January Neuropathy Management, Dr. Timothy Helm, Realief Centers of MN
February Co-Pay Assistance. Brian Arnold, Walgreen’s Specialty Pharmacy and Small group discussion/ sharing
March Personal reflections on his history with MM, Mayo, Latest Treatment Trends, Dr. Kyle, Mayo Clinic
April Living with Myeloma, Julie West, RN, BSN, OCN, Celgene
May IMF Regional Conference, no TCMMSG meeting
June Role of muscle strength training in reversing biological aging processes and improving self-efficacy Dr. Shernan Holtan, U of MN
July Senior Linkage Line Resources, Kersch Cooks
August Understanding your lab results, Melanie Smerillo, MSN, Takeda
September Small group discussions
October Insurance, Co-Pay Assistance and Vaccinations. TCU, Walgreen’s Specialty Pharmacy
November Living with MM discussion, Teresa Micelli, RN, BSN OCN, Mayo
December Annual Pot-Luck and group sharing
2018
January Drug Therapy -Daratumumab (Darzalex)
February Understanding Your Lab Values
March Car-T cell therapy
April Cancelled due to snow storm
May Patient Legal Issues
June Intro & Tour of Frauenshuh Cancer Center
July Open Discussion
August Radiology
September UofIA treatment regimen / MM101
October How to Choose the Right Insurance & Vaccinations
November Medical Cannabis
December Open Discussion
2017
January Neuropathy
February 3rd Party Payment Support
March Open Discussion/ Sharing
April New Drug Therapy - Empliciti (elotuzumab)
May Lab Values and Tests, how to interpret
June IMF annual meeting
July Myeloma and Diet
August UMN Myeloma Overview and Transplants
September IMF overview of support for research, education
October Emotional support, coping skills and community resources
November Insurance overview and common misconceptions
December Alumni meeting/ general sharing
2016
January Open Discussion/ Sharing
February Mayo Transplant Coordinator/ open questions
March Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging resources
April Dr. Lacey open Myeloma discussion
May New Drug Therapy - Ninlaro
June Transplant overview, allogeneic & autogenic
July IMF annual meeting
August Genetics, biology of myeloma cells & new treatment approaches
September IMF support for research, education
October Drug Therapy Celgene (Thalidomide, Revlimid, Pomalyst)
November Open Discussion/ Sharing
December Alumni meeting/ general sharing
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Our group mission is to Inspire, Inform and Support. Our meetings are a mix of presentations from experts and sharing from patients, caregivers and friends. Some topics we discuss include the latest in medical treatments, understanding test results, living better with myeloma, coping with side effects, choosing the right medical insurance and overall sharing how we all are doing. Take advantage our breadth of the knowledge and experience! Ask us, we’ve been there . . . Together we all grow stronger!

For more information contact Viki Kimsal, Pat Harwood or Kevin Veenstra at [email protected] to:

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