Time 100 honoree Kathy Giusti explains how multiple myeloma patients' expected lifespan has doubled from what it was 16 years ago
My personal JFK moment came on January 12, 1996. I will never forget that day. I remember where I was, what time it was, even the weather that morning when I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma. Unlike many patients who hear about the disease for the first time I knew too well what this incurable blood cancer was all about. Partially my knowledge came from running worldwide operations for a major pharmaceutical company. The other reason was this rare cancer also ran in my family—my grandfather had myeloma. To my amazement, I was being offered the same medicines to treat my illness that patients were taking back in the late 1950’s.