Myeloma Action Month: 2nd Most Common Form of Blood Cancer
CHARLESTON, SC (WTAT-TV) — Many families never expect to be faced with a cancer battle, but one Lowcountry woman is using her diagnosis to bring awareness to the second most common blood cancer.
Tiffany Hawkins-Williams was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, a blood cancer of the stem cells found in our bone marrow.
She says she was experiences low back pain and an MRI led to her diagnosis because bone lesions were found on her spine.
The most common symptoms include anemia, bone pain or fractures, and extreme fatigue. “Even though I just started to recognize the bone pain, in hindsight I did have the other common symptoms,” said Hawkins-Williams.
She says living with Multiple Myeloma is a day-by-day journey with good days and bad days. “Now that I have progressed through most of my treatment, my days are better.”
Tiffany says treatment includes chemotherapy, radiation and stem cell transplants. “But it varies from person to person so not everyone receives the same treatment. Mine included chemo and stem cell transplants, and now daily chemotherapy for maintenance.”
If you think this is something that you or a loved one is suffering through there is a support group of people ready to help. The group meets the 2nd Saturday of each month in the Covenant Hall at Westminster Presbyterian Church on Sam Rittenberg Boulevard.
For more information on Myeloma please call 800-452-2873 and for more on the support group please visit charleston.support.myeloma.org.