On January 9, 2014, after several weeks of
increasingly debilitating back pain, I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma. Multiple
myeloma is a rare, incurable cancer of the blood. When it breaks out of its
hiding place in the bone marrow, it attacks the body to devastating effect.
After kyphoplasty surgery to 11 of 12 fractured
vertebrae, 6 months of treatment (experimental chemotherapy and a stem cell
transplant) and ongoing maintenance/stabilizing drugs, my cancer has been in remission for nearly 2 ½ years, and I am for
the most part, pain-free. I’m back on my skis. I’m back on my bike. And until I
retired at the end of December 2016, I had been back at work since March of
2015. This is my “new normal”. And it’s really pretty good. I might not have
been as lucky 10 years ago.
Here’s a picture of me, living life to its
fullest taken in Val d’Isere, France, mid March.
I decided to retire at 58 because the truth
is that I don’t really know how long my remission will last, and how long I will
be able to enjoy the “new normal” - 3 years? 5 years? 10 years?
On June 18th I’m participating in
the 5 km Multiple Myeloma Walk to honour the remarkable medical professionals
who were so instrumental in my treatment and recovery. By sponsoring me, you’re
helping to provide the funding these wonderful people need to keep doing their
incredible work and their research towards a cure.
I’m raising money for another reason. It’s an
investment in my future – against the day when the cancer comes back. Make no
mistake, it will come back. It’s just a question of when. Despite all the
miraculous progress in treating and stabilizing multiple myeloma, there still is
no cure. When it returns, the treatments that worked before won’t work again, so
new treatments and stabilizing drugs need to be found. By sponsoring me, you’re
providing funding to find new treatment and life stabilizing drugs and a cure
for multiple myeloma through cutting edge research under the auspices of The
Molly and David Bloom Chair at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.
All donations of $15 or more will receive a tax receipt.
Here is a link to my page where you can sponsor me: https://pmhf3.akaraisin.com/runorwalk2017/NinaRapoport
Of course if you want to do the walk also, we’d love the company.
Thank you for your generosity.
As one of the top 5 comprehensive cancer research centres in the world, The Princess Margaret is developing innovative cancer therapies that are changing cancer care for patients in Canada and around the world. Thank you so much for your support and with your help, we will CONQUER CANCER IN OUR LIFETIME!