Memorial Sloan Kettering

50288 Newsletter Sum21

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INSIDE: How One Sentence Can Help Change Lives | Healthy Nutrition Is Essential for Fighting Cancer 2011 was supposed to be the year I put myself first. I had just celebrated my 60th birthday and transitioned from a fast-paced career to a more relaxed job close to my home on Long Island. I was excited to take a step back from long hours and begin traveling the world. Little did I know that the most challenging chapter in my existence was about to begin: the fight for my life. One morning when I was stretching, I noticed that my ankles were swollen. I attributed it to something I had eaten, but when the swelling kept returning, I started to worry. After several months of tests, I was diagnosed with amyloidosis, a rare disease resulting from a buildup of abnormal proteins that were affecting my kidneys. I looked up the term and was shocked to see that I could be dead in two years. I knew right then and there I would not stop fighting until I beat this disease. AN EASY CHOICE Choosing Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) for my treatment was easy—I knew it had a wonderful reputation not only for cancer, but also for related diseases such as mine. I felt instantly at ease after meeting MSK hematologic oncologist Heather J. Landau, MD, in the fall of 2011. Following chemotherapy, I spent five weeks at MSK for a stem cell transplant. Let me tell you, it was no walk in the park, but the compassion Diane's Story Reflecting on the Future | Summer 2021 Diane didn't let her diagnosis stop her from living her dream of traveling the world. Continued on Page 2 I was, and continue to be, a lucky recipient of treatments funded by the generosity of past supporters. —Diane Webster, MSK patient

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