When Shirley Jonas was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, her first response was “What is that?” A few days later, she was referred to a hematologist/oncologist in Bismarck, North Dakota, and thereafter underwent an autologous stem cell transplant at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Today, she lives with a new normal, or as her husband Rod describes, “You can’t change the past. You just look to the future. How can I best navigate this and have it work for us?” The two have it “work for them” by facilitating an Support Group in their hometown, where they find—compared to all the Internet myeloma horror stories and tales of miracles—“the IMF is accurate.”


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