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This month, Apriori Beauty is supporting another great cause — one of our own, Manager and independent Consultant, Pam Poliakoff was recently diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, the second most common blood cancer. In March, Myeloma Awareness Month, Apriori Beauty is supporting Pam and the Bone Marrow registry for her future stem cell transplant. While the best match for a patient is a sibling, that chance is only 30%. Most patients, 70%, will need a stranger to save their life. In honor of Pam and her fight for life, please consider joining the bone marrow registry. And, please tell a friend! If you’re not eligible to join the registry, you may know someone who can save the life of someone like Pam. Helping others is what this business is all about!
Where to start? Watch this video to better understand the process. Then, to see if you are eligible and to register online, go to www.BeAHeroBecomeADonor.org — Click on “Join the Bone Marrow Registry.” Click the red “Join Online Now” button and then “Register as a Donor.” When asked how you heard about the registry, please select “Be A Hero Become A Donor Foundation” so we can see the impact we are making in our community.
Please register today with the Bone Marrow registry, to help individuals like Pam who are diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma and other life threatening diseases that can benefit from a Bone Marrow procedure.
“Little did I know that my life would take a dramatic turn in December of 2015 … After two bouts with T-Cell Lymphoma, I was again in remission at the beginning of 2015. I have had a chronic cough for about 25 years — most doctors chalked it off to allergies. Unexpectedly, in October 2015, I was having difficulty breathing as my cough worsened. The week before thanksgiving, I was put on bed rest for a week. I learned during my tenure and public speaking for the American Heart Association that you need to be your own best health advocate. I got to the point where I could not walk across the room without being out of breath, and was up at night, sitting in a chair gasping for air. I went to my doctor daily and insisted something was very wrong. I thought it was my heart. Heart Disease runs in my family. I was also having kidney issues according to daily blood work. Many tests were run with no answers. Finally, my cardiologist decided to admit me to the hospital in December to run additional tests. The cardiologist was in contact with the Nephrologist and became my best advocate.
“The good news is that after tests, it was determined that my heart was okay. Although, the doctor still did not know what was wrong with me, so they kept me in the hospital. From there I had a team of specialists who I continued to stump. I could watch and hear them from my room, as they worked at the nurse’s station pouring over lab tests and consulting with other hospitals. They continued to delve, asking me health questions, all the way back to childhood.
“Tests and more tests showed that I was in chronic kidney failure and getting worse by the day. At this point, I was overwhelmed looking at the different options for kidney dialysis available. After a kidney biopsy and a bone marrow biopsy, an Oncologist visited me and shared that they suspected I might have Multiple Myeloma. He explained what it was, but also added that I did not have one of the major markers. I had hoped maybe I didn’t have it. More tests would determine my diagnosis. Two days after I was released from the hospital, my Oncologist confirmed that I did indeed have Multiple Myeloma, and that I should immediately begin an 8-week chemotherapy regimen.
“Through all of this, I have continued to work, but it has been difficult. I go weekly for my chemotherapy and learned last week that my Oncologist had added 4 more weeks of chemo treatment – not the news I wanted to hear. However, I trust my team of doctors. I met with my Nephrologist, my kidney function has increased from 8% to 14%. We don’t know at this juncture if I will need dialysis, but it is likely. I have a stem cell transplant consultation this week. I know what I am in for and it is a long road. I am very thin, anemic (had one blood transfusion), have a hard time eating and many side effects from the chemo. However, I am a fighter and plan to kick Multiple Myeloma in the butt! I have a lot to live for.
“March is national Multiple Myeloma month. I hope you will help me in raising awareness of this debilitating and deadly disease. Multiple Myeloma is a blood cancer that develops in the plasma cells on the soft spongy tissue at the center of your bones, called bone marrow. Plasma cells are a type of white blood cell responsible for producing antibodies (immumnoglobins), which are critical for maintaining the body’s immune system. Through a complex, multi-step process, healthy plasma cells transform into malignant myeloma cells.” — Pam Poliakoff
Multiple Myeloma is second in blood cancers to non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. t is not a common cancer, with 26,850 new diagnoses in 2015 and only makes up 2% of all cancers. Most diagnosed are 60 or older and is more prevalent in men than women. More than 90,000 people are currently living with this disease. 85% diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma have some degree of bone loss. Mine is almost 7% at this juncture. Bone fractures are a high risk and include the spine, pelvis and the rib cage. Research is funded by private donations and is not wide spread.
Symptoms of Multiple Myeloma are: Bone Pain, Fatigue, Weakness, Infection, Loss of appetite and weight loss, Increased Urination, Increased thirst, Restlessness followed by extreme fatigue and weakness, Chronic Cough, Confusion, Nausea and vomiting.
Visit http://myeloma.org for more information and to learn how to lend your support.