Geraldine Ferraro RIP - Page 2
The debate in treatment with the advent of new "novel therapies" is how invasive does one need to be in order to treat and/or manage this disease? Do we go through a stem cell transplant (with our own stem cells generally) or do we try to manage it with the new drugs available? Studies are ongoing, but choices have to be made while we all anxiously await a clear path with the fewest long term side effects while giving us a longer extension to our life. Then of course, we are all hoping desperately for a cure.
Ms. Ferraro was on the cutting edge at the time of her diagnosis. I remember watching an interview with her about her myeloma, before my husband was diagnosed. All she wanted was to live to see her grandchildren graduate high school. She so far surpassed this milestone that her doctor suggested she would be paying for their college education.
As she recounted the conversation she was beaming with family pride, while sitting in a cancer infusion center, getting her weekly chemotherapy, describing how easy and quick it was with little side effect. What struck me so profoundly was how she had incorporated cancer into her life. How she was not being defined by it. It was just something she had to deal with but it in no way seemed to consume her.
For those of us in the myeloma community, her death may be unnerving. It is a choice we will have to make on how we take this news. I, for one, will continue to be admiring of her journey and all her contributions to help those of us she has never met.
Thank you Ms. Ferraro, for all that you did.