I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in February 2014. My journey with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) began one year later when I signed up to participate in my first-ever Light The Night Walk and put together a fundraising team.
The event was amazing and all my family and friends were there to show support. When the blood cancer survivors moved to the middle of the survivor circle to light up their lanterns, it was one of the most powerful moments I’ve ever experienced.
Shortly after, I joined LLS’s Myeloma Link team. This program works on connecting African American communities to provide information, expert care, and support. LLS conducts extensive outreach to African Americans throughout the country to help them access critical education and support resources and optimal treatment for multiple myeloma.
Through Myeloma Link, I’ve had the opportunity to personally mentor eight people to date, and connect with so many other myeloma survivors. It has truly been an important support network for me throughout battle with cancer.
I am grateful that my story alone has brought inspiration to people throughout the Maryland, D.C. and Virginia area, and I truly believe that together, we can conquer this disease.