Brenda Willingham | Multiple Myeloma Survivor

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“Having cancer has reinforced my belief in God’s faithfulness and in my husband’s love. I was diagnosed with myeloma in May 2006 and had an army of loving prayer warriors. The UAMS Myeloma Institute is the best place to fight this thing. Now, I rejoice in every day’s blessings. Participating in the Seed of Hope ceremony made me feel totally … Read More

Alice Smart | Multiple Myeloma Survivor

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“In 2011, I had a job in North Dakota at a cafeteria for people who work in the oil industry when I started having back pain. I knew it was time to come home, so I drove myself 1,900 miles back to Louisiana. I went to the doctors there, but they didn’t have the expertise I needed. They referred me … Read More

Valerie Kane | Multiple Myeloma Survivor

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“When I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in March 2008, my local oncologist recommended that I come to UAMS for treatment. I’ve been in remission since a few months after I arrived. Over the years, I’ve met people who started treatment elsewhere and were told that nothing else could be done. Then they came here. This is the place to … Read More

Frances Egelanian | Multiple Myeloma Survivor

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“I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 1998. Having cancer has made my faith stronger. I look to God first and then to my doctor. When you’re facing a cancer diagnosis, you have to have hope and faith. You also need to think of the future. That has always helped me. Suffering isn’t always the hardest part. Sometimes it’s keeping … Read More

Donald Blaylock | Multiple Myeloma Survivor

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“I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in December 1998. Myeloma, for me, was a total game changer. All of my priorities changed. Some became more in focus, while others started to fade away in importance. It will forever cause me to be even more deeply involved in the things I believe are most important in life. I received an outpouring … Read More

Marge Sabata | Multiple Myeloma Survivor

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“When you face a cancer diagnosis, it’s very important to have a strong support system in your family, your friends and your medical community. I have a positive attitude and believe in the Lord and the powerful hands at UAMS. You just have to take life one day at a time, become patient and tolerant, and be grateful for every … Read More

Claudia Jessup | Multiple Myeloma Survivor

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Jon Richards, husband of myeloma survivor Claudia Jessup, drew this illustration of her Seed of Hope token ceremony. “I had multiple myeloma, and I have been in complete remission since my second transplant in September 2005. This experience with cancer has exacerbated my appreciation of the fact that one has to truly enjoy every single lovely moment that life has … Read More

Jeff Kriezelman | Multiple Myeloma Survivor

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“Having cancer brought me closer to my family. The value of everything changed. I see that life is fragile, just hanging by a thread. Friends and family will stay the most valuable things in my life. The Jewish community back at home was so supportive. I had people from home fly down to Arkansas for three days during my treatment … Read More