Members of the Staten Island IMF Patient Support Group “Mambo” for Multiple Myeloma Awareness, NEW YORK STYLE! ANN McNEIL, RN, MSN, APRN-C, Multiple Myeloma Division @ Hackensack University Medical Center, NJ, Member of the IMF Nurse Leadership Board, joined the group to help raise awareness and support the Campaign Initiative. Great things are happening in New York for Myeloma Awareness!
For More Information about the IMF Staten Island New York Multiple Myeloma Support group, please visit their website http://statenisland.myeloma.org/
Please DONATE to the THE INTERNATIONAL MYELOMA FOUNDATION (IMF) MAMBO FOR MYELOMA FUND (ALL funds go to Multiple Myeloma Research)
Do you know anyone with MULTIPLE MYELOMA? Don’t be surprised if you don’t as it is a RARE, NOT YET CURABLE CANCER of the BONE MARROW PLASMA CELLS.
Only 2 members of the Staten Island IMF Patient Support Group had heard about Multiple Myeloma before they were diagnosed with it. BUT all had heard about Leukemia and Lymphoma. This is a VERY common that the general population is not aware of Multiple Myeloma. This is why it is very important to raise awareness for Multiple Myeloma.
Plasma cells are a type of blood cell made in the bone marrow which are responsible for making antibodies that help protect us from infection.
MULTIPLE MYELOMA is the 2nd most common blood cancer, although it is not well known to the general public. Approximately 60,000 people in the United States have MULTIPLE MYELOMA and more than 20,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. Worldwide, more than 210,000 people are living with MULTIPLE MYELOMA and approximately 100,000 new cases are diagnosed annually.
Myeloma has been identified as having one of the highest rates of delay in diagnosis.
For new patients, as well as those living with the disease for years, myeloma is life changing. The symptoms are real and ongoing: Bone pain, extreme fatigue, nausea, numbness in the hands and/or feet, kidney problems and infections. Infections can be life threatening.
Awareness is key for a rare disease. Awareness for Multiple Myeloma matters.