About 6 weeks ago, I started to complain about a pain in my hip, see posting Nothing but Clouds – Week 5. I went to see various Doctors, and although the pain decreased after a cortisone injection, it soon came back and 2 weeks ago the pain spread to my other hip and shoulder.
I then went for a series of X-rays which showed that my spine (T4 vertebra) was partially fractured near my lungs and there were also some large masses visible.
I immediately underwent a battery of tests (PET/CT, MRI, Bone Marrow Biopsy, X-RAYS) and was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma (MM). There is no cure for MM but it it is treatable. The immediate aim of the radiation and chemotherapy is to reduce the build up of the cancerous white cells and his level of acute pain which I have in my hips, spine and shoulder. If all goes well the disease could be under control in about 6 months, and the Doctors feel that should extend my life expectancy to about 5 years but probably longer.
There is also some more good news as a biopsy shows that the spot on my lungs was not lung cancer.
Last but not least, I made an important decision by resigning with immediate effect from all of my roles within ISO/TC154, including the roles of TC Chair, JWG1, WG4 and WG7 convener.
Besides the update I just provided, I will use this blog to document my road to recovery. I hope to be well enough to do this daily. I am told that this can be a very effective therapeutic tool during my recovery process.
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