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Steve was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma in the summer of 2011. He had begun noticing increasing fatigue and shortness of breath during his regular weekly basketball games, and also had two broken ribs. These are symptoms which he now knows were the telltale signs of Myeloma. After a series of blood tests and a bone marrow biopsy, Steve's doctor confirmed the diagnosis, and explained to him that Myeloma is a treatable but incurable cancer of the bone marrow. Needless to say, it was a huge shock for Steve to be diagnosed with a potentially fatal cancer at age 48.
Following diagnosis, he was treated with the novel chemotherapy agent Velcade for about 9 months, and then with Revlimid for an additional eight months. These treatments reduced the amount of myeloma in his bone marrow substantially and alleviated his anemia and allowed his ribs to heal and strengthen, but did not get him into a complete remission. Chemotherapy was followed by a bone marrow transplant at Stanford University Medical Center, which did put him into a complete remission, and he has remained in remission since. Steve is still on a low dose “chemo maintenance” drug and he does have some lasting treatment related nerve damage in my feet, but other than that his life has returned more or less to normal. He still works full time, but has taken more time off to
travel and have upped the basketball from one day a week to two or three games a week.
He has been an active participant in the local Bay Area Multiple Myeloma support group since diagnosis, and he has also supported the MMRF by participating in the Moving Mountains for Multiple Myeloma program, having climbed Mount Fuji in Japan, and is scheduled to climb Kilimanjaro in Spring 2021