Stories of Hope

Share Your Story

Sharing your story with us is a fantastic way for you to help others who are traveling down the same path that you are — whether you are a patient, caregiver, or family member— we would love to hear from you.

Patients and others who visit our website often tell us that one of their favorite features of our communications are the stories of the lives of people who are affected by WM. We would very much enjoy learning about you, your story, and how your experiences can motivate, help and inspire others we serve.

We invite you to read, enjoy, and learn from the following first-person stories by patients and caregivers, worldwide, affected by WM.

If you are interested in sharing your story with us so that we may share it with others on our website, please submit your contact details.

From Australia- David Rabie: My Story of Hope

From Australia- David Rabie: My Story of Hope

From Australia- David Rabie: My Story of Hope Hope is an optimistic expectation of a positive outcome for future events. Hope is more than a mere wish as hope implies a belief and confidence that positive outcomes will be attained. “Hope is a...

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From Canada- Paul Kitchen’s Familial WM Story

From Canada- Paul Kitchen’s Familial WM Story

From Canada—Paul Kitchen's Familial WM Story Paul's mother, Mary Kitchen My story of hope began in the late 1970s when my mother, Mary Kitchen, was diagnosed with WM.  Without any treatment available, her disease steadily progressed - terrible...

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Megan Davey: Creating Lasting Ripples

Megan Davey: Creating Lasting Ripples

At the time of my husband Mark’s diagnosis almost 14 years ago, I can easily transport back to the minute we were given the diagnosis. It felt like lead weights had been tied to my ankles and I was dropped in the middle of a dark ocean. It was all...

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Chris Moakley: The Story Continues On

Chris Moakley: The Story Continues On

Chris Moakley: The Story Continues On First of all, let me say it’s a thrill to still be here and able to write and share this update. I last wrote an update five years ago, finishing with “I hope to write again soon.” My Waldenstrom’s lives up to...

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From New Zealand: Mel’s Story

From New Zealand: Mel’s Story

Part 1: My journey The word cancer is scary enough, and adding incurable in front of it only intensified the fear. In August 2020, at the age of 34 I was diagnosed with WM. The diagnosis came out of the blue as I was a young, fit and healthy mother...

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Julianne & John Flora-Tostado: Our 49th Anniversary

Julianne & John Flora-Tostado: Our 49th Anniversary

Julianne & John Flora-Tostado: Our 49th Anniversary  Making the best while facing the unknown together. Seven years ago, after John completed his initial and only treatment for WM (five rounds with Cytoxin, Rituxan and Prednisone in 2016), he...

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From Canada: Lucie Martineau’s Six-Year Sequel

From Canada: Lucie Martineau’s Six-Year Sequel

From Canada: Lucie Martineau's Six-Year Sequel When I last wrote my Story of Hope, I had so many items on my bucket list that I vowed to keep healthy in order to live a long life and accomplish as many of them as I could. In 2021, my IgM...

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Bob Lynch: Still Rowing On with WM!

Bob Lynch: Still Rowing On with WM!

Bob Lynch: Still Rowing On with WM! The rowing goes on, and the singing is still strong here on the ROW BOB ROW TEAM in Sebastian, Florida. In August of this year, I will be celebrating my 75th birthday with a row to a local pub.  Upon diagnosis of...

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Margit Novack: Who gets to Live Like This?

Margit Novack: Who gets to Live Like This?

Margit Novack: Who gets to Live Like This? I saw my internist’s number appear on my cell phone. “There is an unusual result in your routine bloodwork. I think you should see a hematologist.” “Why? What do the results suggest?” I asked. “You might...

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From Canada – Ron Ternoway: The Trials Continue!

From Canada – Ron Ternoway: The Trials Continue!

From Canada - Ron Ternoway: The Trials Continue!   It's been more than 14 years since my Waldenstrom diagnosis, and I've spent half of that time on clinical trials. Over the last year, I have been enrolled in a U.S.-based clinical trial of...

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Julie Richardson: Where Hope is Found

Julie Richardson: Where Hope is Found

Where Hope Is Found by Julie Richardson, diagnosed with WM at age 44 www.someonestolemycoffee.com   March 13, 2020. A Friday the 13th I will never forget. On the one hand, it would turn out to be my then twelve year-old daughter’s last day of...

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Marcia Klepac: Risk Taking in the World of WM

Marcia Klepac: Risk Taking in the World of WM

Marcia Klepac: Risk Taking in the World of WM What a disappointment!  In early January 2001, I nervously opened the envelope with my lab results and found that my six years of MGUS (or possibly smoldering Waldenstrom’s) had most likely progressed...

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Davell Hays: Not an Ending but a Great New Beginning

Davell Hays: Not an Ending but a Great New Beginning

Davell Hays: Not an Ending but a Great New Beginning In the 6 years since the story of my journey was published, a lot has happened.  I have been on Ibrutinib since then, with a nearly normal IGM.  I am fairly healthy for a 73 year old. The winery...

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