Multiple Myeloma Question?

My wife was diagnosed with MM this past Thursday. For about two months she has been really lethargic and complaining of joint aches, overall just tired and generally ignoring the sypmtoms. Two weeks ago she went into the ER, going through a battery of tests. Her kidneys were just about at failure, going through more and more tests. Signs were pointing to Lupus until they did whats called a kidney biopsy which uncovered a 90% certainty of MM. After the bone marrow biopsy confirmed she has MM. She is Caucasian 36 year old, never smoked or drank in her life. No family history of anything in fact her great grandmother is 89. We have a young son 3 years old named Matthew who is such a happy and vibrant boy that is really attached and loves his Mom. It is very difficult watch the ones you love go through pain. Its also hard to think of Matt going through his life unable to recollect his Mom. Selfishly I think of myself at this time as well, what will happen to me? Am I strong enough to persevere? And then there is my wife, so pretty and caring, so thoughtful and considerate. Its all so overwhelming and surreal. I know its early but weve begin discussing death etc, to a very small degree as its so early on with this. I have such a strong belief in God and shamefully I find myself questioning how could this happen to her? To Me??... They told her she would need dialysis, then gave her a first treatment with a steroid to care for her kidneys. The next day they told her the kidneys responded very nicely to this and said to "hold off for now" with the dialysis to see if it continues to improve. They discharged iyesterday and brought her to Dana Farber where she was given Velcade as the first course of action. Im not sure what else to add here other than I hope there is some hope for her and the family. They mentioned there are some things working in her favor; namely her age and otherwise perfect health. Also xrays showed it was only in her skull so far and hadnt progressed too far. Any insight about road ahead or suggestions to deal with the emotional would be appreciated

Asked By: John S - 10/6/2008
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The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston is one of the best cancer treatment centers in the world. It sounds like she is getting the very best care possible. Great improvements have been made in the treatment of multiple myeloma over the past few years. My suggestion is to take this situation one day, week, month... More
Answered By: Spreedog - 10/6/2008
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Be strong. Be hopeful. I will pray for you and your family. Understand that she is young, which makes her prognosis very favorable. She is otherwise healthy and will hopefully respond well to radiation/chemo. Stay strong and be vigilant. It is not inconquerable.
Answered By: Cats - 10/6/2008
I really feel for you... More
Answered By: meveryfastto - 10/6/2008
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