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MMRF ASH coverage and a heartfelt thank you!

My reporting from ASH tends to stress the human side of the meetings.  When I do report on specific presentations, I edit some of the information, only including what I think would be of interest to the majority of my readers.

If you would like to know more, here is a link the the MMRF’s take on Saturday and Sunday at ASH:

MMRF Newsflash from ASH 2012.  Volume 2

I highly recommend it for those of you that want to follow-along more closely.

And don’t forget to check-out the patient blogs on the IMF site.  Here’s the link to my latest post from this morning:

Don Wright helped save my life!

Here is a heartfelt quote:

At the IMF International Journalist Workshop here in Atlanta this evening, I learned that myeloma survivor, Don Wright from St. Paul, Minnesota, had just completed his goal of running marathons in 50 different states–all since he was diagnosed eight years ago.

Good for you, Don! But as impressive as Don’s public achievement seems, it pales in comparison to helping save a life–mine.

I end the post this way:

I’m happy and excited for Don on so many levels.  To achieve such an ambitious goal must be incredibly gratifying for him and his family. The fact that his achievement will help raise awareness and funding for myeloma research is icing on the cake.

But Don’s most important achievement? Helping fellow patients like me see that their lives don’t have to end when the doctor says, “I’m sorry, you have multiple myeloma.”

For that I will always be grateful.
I meant every word.  Thanks, Don.  Feel good and keep smiling!  Pat