Charles Addie

My name is Charles Addie. I was diagnosed with a form of cancer called Multiple Myeloma.

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It affects the patient’s plasma cells and destroy their bone marrow. That causes spine fractures and compression. Also patient develop lesions all over their skeletal if it is not diagnosed early.

Currently, there is no cure for Multiple Myeloma. However, It can be managed with chemotherapy and provide patients with extended life. I have been battling Multiple Myeloma now for several years. My cancer had been in a dormant stage for a while.  My status changed this summer when my m-component began to rise. This is how myeloma is measured in my blood. I travel to UAMS Winthrop Cancer Institute in Little Rock, Arkansas to receive this treatment. I have been put on a new regimen to reduce the radical cell that are developing in my system. I will be on this multiple-therapy for four months and then require a battery of test to see how affective the chemo-therapy is working. I will be require to take several trips to my oncologist weekly, which can be expensive along with other drug cost.