Big, big thanks go out to science writer Linda Carroll of the Today Show for sharing Tracy’s story of multiple myeloma without a match:
“Until she hit 40, Dr. Tracy Jalbuena was one of the fortunate few who seem to have it all. She had a husband she loved, two healthy children, the perfect job and a house in an idyllic spot in Maine.
‘My husband and I used to joke that in a movie, this is the part where the couple discovers they’ve moved into a house built on top of a cemetery and all hell breaks loose,’ Jalbuena, now 43, says. ‘And then it did.'”
Tracy’s been on chemotherapy for 11 months now and she’s done a great job of toughing it out, but at some point the chemotherapy will fail — with its rapidly evolving cancer cell lines, that’s just how multiple myeloma works.
What Tracy and thousands like her around the world are hoping for is a cure that comes with the donation of bone marrow stem cells from another person who shares her genetic type. You could be the one who saves Tracy’s life or someone else. Get tested today to see if you’re the match — testing is free, painless and confidential. Visit bethematch.org to get started.