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Discovering and treating a local Atlanta man through his multiple myeloma diagnosis

Posted on: May 29, 2019


John’s battle with cancer started when he injured his back while helping someone off the bus. During his X-ray, John’s physician noticed something in addition to his broken bone, and immediately referred him to the Northeast Georgia Diagnostic Clinic (NGDC) for further testing. John’s results revealed he had multiple myeloma, a cancer that affects white blood cells in the bone marrow.

As an avid traveler, John was worried he and his wife would not be able to continue seeing the world with his diagnosis. But John says meeting Dr. Christina Saurel, an oncologist at NGDC, really helped turn things around.

Our first experience was a lasting one,” John said. “We just treasure Dr. Saurel and the way she helped us through the treatment process.”

John was in remission for a couple of years following a stem cell transplant in 2011, when his multiple myeloma came back. Fortunately, Dr. Saurel assisted John and his wife through his second round of chemotherapy. He appreciated her being on top of the treatment plan and partnering with his other doctors to make sure she was on top of everything.

Looking back, John says that the most challenging aspect of his health journey was dealing with the intense fatigue that resulted from his treatment. But while he experienced this weakness, John is also quick to stress that things could have been worse had he not been surrounded by positive people.

It was my friends, children, family and the church community that helped me through,” he said. “Recovery becomes a lot better and easier if you have positive people supporting you.”

Today, John and his wife continue to travel the greater U.S., and plan to continue exploring for years to come.

*The health story shared here may portray atypical results of survival for this type of cancer, given its severity and stage. Atypical results are considered surviving a cancer that has less than a 50 percent five-year survival rate. Patients should consult an expert to discuss specific treatment plans and the possible outcomes before making medical decisions.

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