How I Got Diagnosed with Cancer (Again): Multiple Myeloma | Connie’s Story (1 of 3)

How I Got Diagnosed with Cancer (Again): Multiple Myeloma | Connie’s Story (1 of 3)

How I Got Diagnosed with Cancer (Again): Multiple Myeloma | Connie’s Story (1 of 3)

Connie calls herself a “Wyoming cowgirl,” who enjoys spending quality time with her three kids and husband of nearing 40 years. It was a shock when she was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a fairly rare cancer of plasma cells that is very treatable but still not curable.
It was the second cancer she’d been diagnosed with, after going through treatment for thyroid cancer in 2001. In this segment, Connie describes how she was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, how she processed the diagnosis, describes the stem cell transplant, and her first remission.

In this Series: Our 3-part series with Connie covers her entire multiple myeloma story, from how she got diagnosed and first-line treatment, to her relapse and continuing different kinds and combinations of therapies, through to quality of life issues and how she lives life with multiple myeloma now. Thank you for sharing your story, Connie!

Video Series:
(1 of 3) How I Got Diagnosed with Cancer (Again): This Video
(2 of 3) My Cancer Relapse, Newest Treatments & Clinical Trials: https://youtu.be/8IZqrPlE4d0
(3 of 3) Living with Cancer like a Chronic Disease: https://youtu.be/ICkmBgGmYMs

Full story & transcript → https://www.thepatientstory.com/multiple-myeloma-diagnosis-connie-h/

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Contents of this video:
The interview has only been edited for clarity.
00:00 – Intro
00:51 – Connie’s Introduction
02:40 – What were the 1st symptoms?
04:28 – Remembering the moment of diagnosis
05:21 – Processing a cancer diagnosis a 2nd time
06:25 – What to do when you get a cancer diagnosis
08:00 – The stem cell transplant
10:21 – Staying in the hospital
11:39 – Fighting bacterial infection (H. Pylori)
13:58 – Understanding remission in multiple myeloma
15:25 – Dealing with anxiety
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