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Multiple myeloma

Multiple myeloma, also known as plasma cell myeloma, is a cancer of plasma cells, a type of white blood cell normally responsible for producing antibodies. Often, no symptoms are noticed initially. Complications may include amyloidosis.

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My mother died of MM in December of 1999. I was only eight years old, she was 44. MM is normally considered an "older" disease because it typically affects individuals in their later years. My mother was one of the exceptions. She became ill at age 42 and showed signs/symptoms rapidly. In a matter of months, she developed MODS (multiple organ dysfunction syndrome) and embarked on a downhill battle for her life. Now, as I age and more research is being done on MM, I'm excited. Excited in the fact that less and less families have to deal with the stressors and every day battles of this debilitating cancer. But, we are far from a cure. My goal is to educate people in any way that I can about the realness of MM and to hopefully share my mother's story.

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