Picture of MM Journey Partner Jim

Jim B.
Diagnosed: 2011
ASCT: 2011

Jim was 61 years old in July of 2011 when he was diagnosed with stage 3 multiple myeloma. He had his autologous stem cell transplant (ASCT) on December 14, 2011, his 62nd birthday. He said, “On that day I was reborn with my own stem cells.” After his diagnosis, Jim retired from teaching. Today, in addition to volunteer work, he enjoys gardening, working on his cars, spending time with family, walking his dogs, reading, and his favorite form of exercise--swimming. He sees the Multiple Myeloma Journey Partners Program as a way to give back and to be there for someone else. “There will be many people who will be there to support and help you - some you know and some you do not know yet,” he said.

Listen to Jim and Dr. Joseph R. Mikhael discuss multiple myeloma symptoms, treatment options, and the emotional aspect of diagnosis. Learning that he had stage 3 multiple myeloma was difficult for Jim and his family, though he is in remission now. The key to multiple myeloma remission is control, according Dr. Mikhael.