March 23, 2012
Things somehow worked out that I was not to learn the result of my Bone Biopsy until today. I met with Manny, my orthopedist, who told me that I had Myeloma which is according to the MMRF:
Multiple myeloma, also known as myeloma, is a hematologic cancer, or cancer of the blood. It is the second most common blood cancer, after non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and represents approximately 1% of all cancers in white individuals and 2% of all cancers in black individuals.
Manny said that he was actually very happy that this was the diagnosis because all the other possibilities were much worse. He said that I should see a hematologist oncologist for further evaluation and treatment. He rattled off three names, one of which was David. He gave me a hug and a big smile before I left his office.
Later that day I made an appointment to see Leslie, my DO on 3/26 to further discuss my options. According to Wikipedia:
Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O. or DO) is a professional doctoral degree for physicians in the United States. Holders of the DO degree are known as osteopathic physicians and have the same rights, privileges and responsibilities as MDs. Although DOs have traditionally been family physicians, today many physicians holding the DO practice in every specialty field in medicine.