Multiple Myeloma: Geraldine Ferraro Dies At 75

I beloved mother, involved teacher, lawyer, politician and journalist has left us today. Geraldine Ferraro died at age 75 today after fighting Multiple Myeloma for 12 years. As a key figure in the political word many people knew Geraldine or at least knew who she was. Many people like myself however have not heard of Multiple Myeloma.

Multiple Myeloma is a blood cancer which is incurable. It is a cancer of the plasma cells in the bone marrow. The plasma cells grow out of control in the bone marrow and this makes them form tumors in the areas of the solid bone. When the bone tumors grow it makes it difficult for the bone marrow to make red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets.

This mess causes anemia and can make people with Multiple Myeloma more prone to infection as well abnormal bleeding. When the cancer cells grow in the bone marrow they will cause destruction to the bones and will also cause pain. When Multiple Myeloma starts to affect the bones in the spine it can put pressure on the nerves which can result in numbness and/or paralysis.

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