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.
Please contact us if you are interested in starting a support group in your area.
SPECIAL MEETING – Stillwater Annual St. Croix River Paddleboat Cruise & Lunch
September 12 – NOTE: Special Time and Location – Join us for our annual St. Croix Paddleboat Cruise & Lunch. Please arrive at the St. Croix Boat & Packet Co. (525 Main St S, Stillwater, MN 55082) between 11:15 and 11:30 to pay for the trip. The boat departs promptly at noon and returns at 2:30. Don’t worry about the weather, we sail rain or shine as the boat has fully enclosed sections. $20 includes everything; the lunch and the boat ride. Here’s the menu: House made Italian sausage lasagna accompanied by cavatappi pasta, marinara and garlic cream sauce, Italian meatballs, crisp green salad, and breadsticks. For dessert – Tiramisu. Please RSVP by September 10 through email at email@example.com
Twin Cities MM Support Group Special Notice: Take Our Survey
We’re already planning our topics and speakers for 2019 and we want to know what you think about how the Twin Cities MM support group is doing and where it’s heading.
• Are we meeting the needs of our members and living up to our mission to inform, inspire, and support our community?
• What are we doing right?
• What are we doing wrong?
• And how can we improve?
To help us sort things out we have created a Google survey to get a better image of who our members are and what is important to them. Please look it over and fill out what you are comfortable answering. This information will not be shared with anyone outside of our group and your answers arrive to us anonymously.
To go to the survay. Click HERE.
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Travel Assistance Program
The Minnesota chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is offering an annual grant of $500 for patient travel expenses. Click HERE for the program’s details and to download an application.
UPDATE: Financial Aid – Updated September 4, 2018
Still only three co-pay assistance programs are accepting new Myeloma patients. They are:
• The HealthWell Foundation Multiple Myeloma Medicare Access Program is OPEN for Myeloma. The program’s maximum award level is $10,000 annually for insurance premiums, co-pay, co-insurance, and medical & prescription deductibles. The HealthWell Foundation Myeloma page can be found HERE.
• The Patient Advocate Foundation’s Co-pay Relief Fund is OPEN to Myeloma patients who earned under 400% of the 2017 Federal Poverty Level and have Medicare, Medicaid, or Military Benefits. Maximum award level is $10,000 annually for patients on a Medicare including Supplemental and Advantage plans. The PAF Co-pay Relief Fund can be found HERE.
• The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) Co-Pay Assistance Program is OPEN for new applicants. Maximum award level is $7,500 annually to be used for Blood cancer treatment-related co-payments, Private health insurance premiums, and Medicare Part B, Medicare Plan D, Medicare Supplementary Health Insurance, Medicare Advantage premium, Medicaid Spend-down or co-pay obligations. The LLS Co-pay Relief Fund can be found HERE.
The Assistance Fund, CancerCare, Good Days/Chronic Disease Fund, and Patient Access Network Foundation (PAN) remain closed to Myeloma patients.
Please contact us if you become aware of any new programs or of any existing program re-opening. At times like this we truly need to live up to our “Support” group mission.
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Minnesota’s Support Community
Minnesota is the home of two internationally recognized leaders in Myeloma research; The Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota. In addition to these two institutions there are many other hospitals, clinics, and cancer centers which, not only treat Myeloma, but also take part in latest drug trials and treatment studies.
We also have very active support groups. Their locations are:
All of the group’s meet once a month on different days 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.
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