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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.

Peter DeNardis – There is Life with Waldenstrom’s

Peter DeNardis – There is Life with Waldenstrom’s

  “Get your affairs in order.” “You have a rare, incurable blood cancer called Waldenstrom’s macroglobulinemia.” “Average survival rate is 6 years.” “Given your symptoms and blood test values, we have to treat immediately.” Those were jarring...

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From Canada – Carol Joy Patterson: Spirit of Hope Essay

From Canada – Carol Joy Patterson: Spirit of Hope Essay

My life so far has been an exciting journey, punctuated by a cascade of medical events. Never a dull moment. You don’t know how you’ll respond to bad news until you are faced with it. I’ve had plenty, but there has always been hope. It began the...

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From Italy – Daniela Calamai: WM, A Family History

From Italy – Daniela Calamai: WM, A Family History

I decided to publicize my experience as a person suffering from Waldenström's macroglobulinemia (WM) because, regardless of the importance of sharing clinical and therapeutic aspects with other patients, my own has turned out to be one of the (not...

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