What does it mean to "empower" a patient?
Jack Aiello of San Jose, California is a leading patient-advocate in multiple myeloma. In January of 1995 Jack had a terrible backache. He was diagnosed with multiple myeloma through a blood test. Since that time Jack has had stem cell transplants that have brought him to remission, even if only for a short time. Mr. Aiello's spirit remains high and to quote him "I certainly don't want anyone to feel bad for me. I consider myself extremely fortunate to be alive…have seen 2 daughters graduate with Master's and Bachelor's degrees, and my youngest son graduate from UCLA in 2006 in music education. One daughter does breast cancer research, another trains dolphins and my son teaches high school music. We've taken some wonderful family & friends vacations, and I'm getting more involved with some cancer organizations. I'm able to do volunteer work for the International Myeloma Foundation, Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, all of whom provide research dollars and education programs for Multiple Myeloma."
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