This is my first post, and see that I can identify with a number of you who are both caretaker and patient. I was diagnosed with MM 12 years ago at Mayo Clinic, after being followed by our local cancer treatment center for a year with MGUS. My local hematologist works with my Mayo doctor, and actually called Mayo as soon as my labs indicated a need for treatment this past spring before he called me. On Dex, Revlimid and Velcade with Valacyclovir twice a day since June, I am very close to remission already. Annual trips to Mayo and local frequent visits over the years have included MRIs, Skeletal Surveys, and labs every 3-4 months. In treatment, I have significant fatigue, partly in response to anemia. Appetite is non-existent, and eating is functional, and memory is giving us reason to laugh a lot. (“I want to tell you something.” “What’s that?” “I don’t know.”) If I get hungry for something, I had better have it fast, because in very short order I could be totally turned off by even the thought of it. And nothing tastes like “normal” to me, if it even has any taste at all. But I have never had one moment of fear or worry, have had no doubt that I will beat this, and know God has this in His hands. The 12 years “waiting” for a need for treatment gave me many opportunities for service through our church, and I have no doubt there are more opportunities waiting for easier days. We will somehow make it to Mayo in January (from PA) and trust safe travels. My spinal surgeries and current lumbar collapse/bulging disks, and crushed nerves seem to be a greater concern to us at this time. Monthly Zometa will hopefully get bone to the point that surgery will be possible this coming year. Meanwhile, Dex is a great help with managing pain levels, so all is good. I can only wish all of you could experience the peace my husband and I have had all this time.