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Monday, June 13, 2011

Today is my 8th year Surviving Multiple Myeloma.

Today is my 8th year Surviving Multiple Myeloma. Was diagnosed June 13 2003.
8 years...can you believe it! 8 years of battle, of ups and downs and joys and hardship! Wow! At first I Honestly didn't think I'd make it this long. Not with what the Docs told me. But I'm still here and you know what? I'm gonna celebrate!

Happy Survival Anniversary to meeeeeeeee!


Keep Fighting

Yvon

16 comments:

bakerman said...

congratulations and thanks for sharing. It gives us all hope for the future. Keep on fighting.
I'm a 3 year survivor and plan on having many, many more years...God bless

KimmyB said...

Great blog Yvon! Just wanted to say you made CureTalk’s top 10 MM blog list!

http://trialx.com/curetalk/2011/06/top-10-blogs-written-by-multiple-myeloma-heroes-that-you-should-read/

Cheers and congratulations!
- Kim

Yvon Papillon said...

Wow Kimmy, Thanks alot!

Yvon

Jeana Brooks said...

Yvon, I have a question. I don't see many blogs of people with Stage III MM. My father has it as well, but also has the fun agressive abnormal chromosome. He went into complete response after initial therapy and is two week post stem cell transplant. May I ask you if you have agressive MM? Not a lot of data out there on those with agreesive MM. I'm inspired by your fight.

Yvon Papillon said...

Hi Jeana

Thanks for the question. I guess I could say that mine is agressive too. I went from 11% Plasmocytes in my marrow to 88% in less then 5 months in 2004. Myeloma can change with the treatments etc. But the fact that your father has already reached complete response after initial therapy is fantastic. I did not reach complete response prior to any of my Transplants. You never know what this tricky cancer can do. It can dissapear by itself (happened to me in 2005) or come back agressively. But alot of hope now with the new treatments.

All the best and tell your Dad to Keep Fighting!

Yours truly

Yvon

feresaknit said...

Congratulations on your eight years Yvon. I was only thinking the other week how we start thinking in myeloma time which is wildly different from real time! :D

Yvon Papillon said...

Thank you very much feresaknit. What you wrote needs no more!

Yvon

Sailor's Valentine said...

Congratulations! My Mom was also diagnosed in 2003 and will be celebrating 8 years of survival this October. I am so glad there are more survivors who are blogging out here in bloggy land. Mom just recently started to blog about her experiences, and I am happy to see there are others out there who she can network with and share experiences.

Yvon Papillon said...

Hi Sailor.

Thanks for the uplifting comment. All the best to your Mom. If possible let me know her Blog address.

Keep Fighting

Yvon

Anonymous said...

hello MR. yvon
your Blog really inspired me!
i'm Lubna from saudi Arabia.. my father (50 years old) was diagnosed in sep 2010 with Multiple myeloma stage 3, after month of discovering the cancer he decided to travel to city of hope hospital in Ca, and he started taking his first chemotherapy in the end of oct, but this kind of chemo didn't work so his doctor's decided to give new aggressive kind of chemo, and it worked perfectly and he start walking,eating and depending at him self, in addiction he was supposed to do his transplant in the end of feb but he after we start hanging out, he got a swine flu and pneumonia and they transfer him to the ICU.
the cancer start to grow in his body again and it explode in a dramatic wa, the doctors said that his myeloma beat there science.. and he passed away in 14 of feb. now i'm writing the the hole story in a Book..
i just wanted to share my father's story with you.. i wish i saw this blog before !
i salute your optimism & strength

wish u the best healthy life
My Regards
Lubna.

Yvon Papillon said...

Hello Lubna

First of all my condolences to you. Sounds like your father was a true Fighter. But eventually some of us do fall in the battle.

Thanks for sharing your story with me and let me know when your book is out!

Yvon

Anonymous said...

Yvon,

You and my father are on the same time line. He is starting his second transplant today after his first 8 years ago! He is 70 and the type of guy who does not like to talk about the misery of treatment so thank you for giving me insight to what it might be like for him right now. I'm rooting for both of you- let's do another 8 years! Amy

Yvon Papillon said...

Thank you very much Amy. And all the best to your Father.

Keep fighting.

Yvon

marie muntaner said...

Hello Yvon! Congratulations and thanks for charing your road trip down this path only God put in your way and others with the same disease. Your story is very inspired to others and full of hope and fighting will. Two years ago my fiance was diagnosed with MM, BM > 80% plasma cells, he had ABMT one year ago, M-Spike has raised from 0.5 to 0.9, we are worried because we do not know what to expect, he has his up and downs emotionally and this labs had hit him very bad, He is only 35 years old, and since then have been fighting hard, some kind of words regards these labs, will be very helpful, Dr only speaks of starting quemo again,and this make him thinks that is the end of treatmetn options, Thanks in advance! Life is Good

marie muntaner said...

Hello Yvon, and congratulations thanks for charing. Your story is very inspired and full of hope and fighting will. My fiance was diagnosed with MM tow years ago, had an ABMT one year ago, his plasma cells where > 80% when diagnosed down to 10%. His M spike after transplant has raised from 0.5 to 0.9. He has had his ups and downs emotionally he is only 35 years old, and has been fighting since the day he was diagnosed, knowing that he does not fit the age range of these disease. He needs some words of what to expect, since dr's only speak of starting quemo again, he thinks is the last option for treatmetn, Thanks for your help,. Life is good!

Yvon Papillon said...

Thank you Marie wish you the best and never give up! But in my opinion with an M spike only at 0.9 there is no rush for Chemo! After my first transplant mine stayed at 4.7 for 8 months and dissapeared after that for 4 1/2 years so....just my opinion!

Keep Fighting

Yvon