For the 10th consecutive year, Linda Huguelet, co-leader of the Chattanooga Multiple Myeloma Networking Group will join over 25,000 hematologists and healthcare professionals from around the world at the 64th American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting and Exposition being held virtually and live in New Orleans, La. on Friday through Monday. Ms. Huguelet is one of 13 support group leaders selected by the International Myeloma Foundation from over 150 support group leaders in the United States.
During the conference, Ms. Huguelet will be brought up-to-date on the latest research, therapies, and tools available to myeloma patients. In turn, she will be reporting the news to patients using social media tools like blogs, Twitter, and video. You can follow her on Twitter at @LindaMYELOMA and read her first blog at https://ash2022blogs.myeloma.org/my-myeloma-wish/.
The IMF is the oldest and largest organization dedicated to improving the life and care of myeloma patients around the world. Myeloma, also called multiple myeloma, is a cancer of cells in the bone marrow that affects production of red cells, white cells and stem cells and can damage bone. It’s currently incurable and is being contracted by an increasing number of people and is particularly affecting more younger people.
Ms. Huguelet, a Signal Mountain resident, has been dealing with myeloma for over 12 years and has taken numerous treatments since her diagnosis. Many myeloma patients, like Ms. Huguelet, are constantly on some type of therapy to keep the cancer under control. She continues to be treated with an immunotherapy drug that was not even on the horizon in 2010 when she was diagnosed.
She says, “The number of new treatments being studied continues to grow and includes unique ways to attack myeloma cells. It’s so encouraging to a veteran patient like me to see new options on the horizon.”
She will pass along the highlights of the encouraging research taking place when the Chattanooga Multiple Myeloma Networking Group meets after the first of the year. The Chattanooga Multiple Myeloma Networking Group meets the 2nd Thursday of each month. Meetings are currently being held virtually because myeloma patients have compromised immune systems and are especially vulnerable to COVID-19. Visit MyelomaChattanooga.org for more information on the group which provides information and support to patients and caregivers in the Chattanooga area.