MAKING A DIFFERENCE

PMCF Run For Cancer Oct. 14, 2012
Last year’s 5K Run or Walk for Cancer raised over $600,000 for cancer research at The Princess Margaret.

 In February 2012, my life changed forever.  I was diagnosed with two blood cancers – a very aggressive Stage 4 Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma and Stage 3 Multiple Myeloma.  With God’s grace, my Lymphoma is now in remission and my Myeloma is under control – – for now.  Myeloma is a pesky disease.  It is a cancer of the plasma cells in the blood and bone marrow, and constitutes 1% of all cancers.  There is currently no cure for it.  Approximately 7,000 Canadians suffer from it, and 2,300 new cases are diagnosed every year, with about 1,350 dying from this disease each year.

One of the treatments for Myeloma is a stem cell transplant.  I was fortunate to qualify for a transplant and successfully went through the process in February 2013.  The transplant keeps the cancer away for an average of two years.  Some patients get a second transplant when the cancer returns.  After that, the treatment options are limited.  The truth is that everyone with Myeloma is living on borrowed time.

On Sunday, June 23rd, I will be walking in the Journey to Conquer Cancer.  The purpose of the walk is to bring awareness about Multiple Myeloma and other cancers, and to raise funds for the Molly and David Bloom Chair in Multiple Myeloma Research at The Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.  The Princess Margaret is one of the Top 5 Cancer Research Centres worldwide. The goal of this year’s walk is to raise $350,000 for Myeloma Research, and a total of $1 million for The Princess Margaret.  My personal goal is to raise $5,000 and our team goal is $25,000.

I ask for your support in raising funds for Multiple Myeloma.  To sponsor me, please click on this link:

Support Munira – Journey to Conquer Cancer.

Your love, encouragement and support have been instrumental in helping me through this difficult journey.  And while I’ve experienced many losses along the way, I have learnt not only to accept – – but to embrace – – my cancers.  Today, as I reflect upon the past 16 months, it is interesting that I don’t remember the pain as much as I remember the love, support and blessings that have come my way during this time.  I live each day fully knowing that life is a gift.  I find joy in little things.  I look for opportunities to make a difference.

I hope you will take this opportunity to make a difference too, by supporting me to raise funds for Multiple Myeloma research.

In gratitude,
Munira.

5 thoughts on “MAKING A DIFFERENCE”

  1. Hi Munira, have you looked into stem cell injections from Germany?

    Be well and be blessed Shahnaz Suteria, M.O.M.Sc., R.M.T., Dip. H.R.Osteopathic Manual Therapist 416-830-2022 “Let the beauty of what you love be what you do” Rumi

    “When your work speaks for itself, don’t interrupt.”- Henry J. Kaiser

    Date: Mon, 10 Jun 2013 17:25:22 +0000 To: anaturalchoicermt@hotmail.com

    1. How are you doing Shahnaz? I will certainly check stem cell injections from Germany! Do you have a particular link by any chance? Hope all is well with you! Munira

  2. Hello Munira: I left you a post last week, but it seems to have vanished into the ethernet, so I will post again. I met you at the Chemo Cafe two Thursdays ago. I was there with my friend Lorna, doing crosswords and talking books, and you were there with your daughter, who read to us her poem. Your curiosity and openness had us all talking about our experiences, and made the day a memorable one in many ways. On the way home, Lorna and I remarked that going to chemo that day was fun! Who would have thought it. I wish I looked as good as you with no hair, but we play the cards we are dealt, and I have a beautiful wig that is much more attractive than my hair ever was! Wishing you well….. Moira

    1. Dearest Moira – – How very wonderful to hear from you! Sabrina and I were so touched by you story of a family going through this together. It was also delightful to see firsthand the value and need for friends during this time. I do hope our paths will cross again – – I agree it was a fun day! I’m sure you look fantastic with no hair. Thank you again for making the time to write. You will always be in my prayers. Love, Munira

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