You Are Not Alone!

If you have been living with Multiple Myeloma; whether you are newly diagnosed or a long-time survivor, asymptomatic or with bone damage, sufferer or caregiver, you are not alone.  The Myeloma community is strong, informed, and involved.  Even the most experienced veteran can find battling Myeloma daunting but why fight that battle alone?  Come to a support group meeting and you will find that there are people who have already lived through whatever you’re enduring now.  Take advantage of their experience and share what you’ve learned with others.  Most of all don’t be afraid to ask questions… that’s how we all grow stronger.

  • AUGUST 13 – 12:00 NoonSpecial Stillwater Support Group Meeting – This month we get to play outside!  Bring a bag lunch and come at noon to the picnic area just behind the Family Means Center.   At 1pm our “regular” meeting will begin.  Larry Gilbert will summarize highlights of recent professional meetings, as they apply to MM and there will be general discussion.  If the weather is uncooperative, we’ll just meeting inside, but in any event, please come at noon, with your lunch, and enjoy some social time! 

UPDATE – The Federal Parity Bill Needs your Voice!  Email your congressional representative today:  With your help last year the International Myeloma Foundation secured 53 co-sponsors for the Cancer Drug Coverage Parity Act of 2011 authored by Rep. Brian Higgins. A new congressional session starts every two years, which means we must ask those representatives who sponsored last year to recommit to standing up for myeloma patients.  Follow this link for instructions on how you can help take action now:  http://www.capwiz.com/myeloma/issues/alert/?alertid=62511456

UPDATE – Pain Free Donations:  What can be better than making a donation which doesn’t cost you a thing?  The next time you shop at Amazon.com you can do just that.  Navigate to Amazon by using the address:  amazon.myeloma.org, and a percentage of what you spend will be donated to the IMF.  That’s what we call a smart buy!

Minnesota’s Support Community 

Minnesota is the home of two internationally recognized leaders in Myeloma research: The Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota, along with many other hospitals, clinics, and cancer centers which, not only treat Myeloma, but also take part in trials.  Along with these institutions we also have very active support groups.  Their locations are:

Twin Cities (St. Louis Park)

Stillwater

Rochester

Fairmont Area

All of the group’s meet once a month on different dates except the Fairmont Area support group which meets every other month.  Please visit each group’s web page to see what they’re up to this month.