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Brave Lisa Ray Battles and Blogs to Beat Multiple Myeloma

by Thilaka Ravi on  October 01, 2009 at 2:57 PM Health Watch   - G J E 4
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A brave fight with Multiple Myeloma (MM) has hiked Canadian-born Indian-origin model - turned - actress Lisa Ray's place in the popularity chart in recent weeks. Lisa Ray 37, was diagnosed in July this year with Multiple Myeloma, a rare and incurable cancer of the plasma cells of the blood. Ever since, Lisa Ray has been blogging regularly on her Yellow Diaries blogspot and using her celebrity status to raise public awareness on Multiple Myeloma and the medical advances made in Myeloma treatment.

Cancer Crashes Career, Not Hope

Lisa Ray played the lead role in internationally acclaimed filmmaker Deepa Mehta's crossover film Bollywood Hollywood (2002). Lisa Ray won rave reviews for her performance as a young widow in Deepa Mehta's Oscar-nominated period drama Water (2005). Shuttling between continents on shooting schedules and product endorsements, Lisa Ray decided to listen to what her body was trying to say and went for medical tests.  Saying it was a relief to hear what was wrong, Lisa added, "I was also tired of being tired all the time."

The actress who did not visibly breakdown and even put a brave front while taking the news of her inclusion into the cancer club, has vowed to fight the disease and continue living a spirited life till the end. Blogging this week before she left for a retreat in Vermont after a round of chemotherapy, Lisa wrote, "So I'm making friends with MM. I intend to be the master. Now I'm accumulating the weapons for my mutiny. I'm learning about my IGG/A/M immunology test which measures the 'M' protein in my blood. As it drops I get closer to crossing over to 'Full Remission' membership."

Capitalizing on Celebrity Cancer

Speaking to Toronto Star, the actress said, "I never thought going public about cancer was necessarily brave. Just necessary, and maybe, useful to others looking for a platform from which to share their feelings." Lisa Ray's public statements and her candid revelation of her Myeloma treatment procedure has helped bring into focus the need to step up research and explore this form of cancer. Earlier it used to hit men and fewer women in their sixties but of late there is a rising incidence of the cancer among younger people.

Lisa Ray's MM5K Walk

On October 18th Lisa Ray will do the 5 km walk in Toronto for Princess Margaret Hospital (where she is being treated) and to raise funds and awareness for Myeloma research. She has teamed up with Shane Saunderson who cycled 3500 kilometers across Canada to raise $35,000 for Myeloma research.  Saunderson relocated from Oxford, England when his father living in Manitoba, was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma. The cycle marathon was Saunderson's way of honoring his father and his brave battle with the incurable blood plasma cancer.

Lisa Ray is not alone in her fight against Multiple Myeloma. In fact she says she is inspired by Kathy Giusti, who was diagnosed with MM at 37 like herself and had gone on to become the Founder and CEO of Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation that is intensely focused on finding a cure for the cancer. The American Association for Cancer Research AACR presented Kathy Giusti and Nicholas P. Valvano with the AACR Centennial Medal for Distinguished Public Service this year. According to a Press Release, Kathy Giusti the 13-year survivor of Multiple Myeloma, was recognized "for creating an innovative model for new drug development focusing on collaboration, speed and accountability to accelerate the availability of new treatment options, and eventually a cure, for patients with Multiple Myeloma."

Online Support Groups Encourage Hope

Lisa Ray was perhaps brave when she heard of her Multiple Myeloma. For many others, learning they had MM has been a devastating moment. Ongoing researches promise more treatment options and hopefully, advance the cure. Multiple Myeloma Support groups—both local and online, continue to bring cheer to thousands of Myeloma patients on their journey with the disease.

There are a lot of reliable educational materials available online to help MM patients or their loved ones or carers learn more about the cancer. According to Kathy Giusti, CEO and Founder of Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, it is "so important to be educated, to feel empowered and to take control."  Medical experts all over the world are working tirelessly to help improve and extend the lives of MM patients and find a cure for Multiple Myeloma. There is enough and more reason to hope for a cure in the near future. As Lisa writes in her Yellow Diaries:

"We all face different kinds of adversity, but hey, nothing is permanent, said Mr. Chaplin. Including your sorrows."

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Hello, my sister and I are co-chairs of a fundraiser for multiple myeloma called Journey Of Hope. It is going to be a big event held in Boston on April 8th. We were hoping you would be interested in helping out in any way possible. All monies raised will go directly to Journey of Hope which is a foundation set up privately but will be directly used towards Mass General Multiple Myeloma Research Lab as they are on the cuttingedge of developing better treatments and hopefully soon a cure. Please let us know if you can help. Thanks so much... Cassandra
cassandra14 Thursday, December 02, 2010
Hey thanks, you people are a real hope for people like me....
Thanks a lot...I need more help from you guys...how can I contact you guys....I'm diagnosed with PLASMACYTOMA.

Raghav Thursday, February 18, 2010
DEAR LISA,YOU ARE ONE OF THE MOST PRECIOUS GIFT OF DIVINE TO THIS WORLD.
JUST FOLLOW YOUR DUTIES TOWARDS YOURSELF,FAMILY,GOOD FRIENDS,SOCIETY,WORLD AND KEEP SMILING, REST..LEAVE INTO GOD'S HAND.
MAY GOD ALWAYS BLESS YOU.

binny Sunday, October 25, 2009
Lisa, you are my favourite acrtess... and I am so SO SO SAD to hear of this news. I am also very sorry that is has happened to someone wonderful like you. May god bless you, be strong. Kocham Ciebie Lisa!! xoxo
Fashionistka Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Lisa, my husband was diagnosed with Myeloma last September 2008. We discovered Bill Henderson's book "Cancer Free" and have approach this disease from a "fix the problem" perspective ... rather than treat the symptoms. There are over 350 known natural cures for cancer. That's how we are beating it. Good luck and God Bless you.

Alanna
P.S. Try something called MMS by Jim Humble. I have heard wonderful things about this mineral.

Alanna Friday, October 16, 2009

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