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What is Myeloma?

What is Amyloidosis?

What is WM?

Next Support Group Meetings:

  • Third Saturday of the month from 10:00 AM to Noon*
        (*Most months; check below for any schedule modifications.  If none noted, it's 10 to noon)

Planned Agenda: 

  • August 15  -  No Meeting
  • September 19  -    No meeting due to International Myeloma Foundation Regional Community Workshop in Richmond, which some members are attending.  Excellent myeloma expert speakers/topics.  Details and registration at . 
  • October 17  -    

    Speaker: Dr. Ronald S. Go, Associate Professor of Medicine and medical researcher in the Hematology Department of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.  He is board certified in medical oncology, hematology and internal medicine.  He will speak to us over the phone via our voice conference system.  Topic - Dr. Go engages in extensive medical research.  Among his special interests are multiple myeloma and amyloidosis.  Dr. Go will share information regarding his research involving multiple myeloma and related issues.  Free lunch provided by Takeda Oncology.


  • November 21  -  Speaker: Teena Longoria, RN, MSN, MSHM, OCN.  She is a Clinical Nurse Educator for Onyx Pharmaceuticals, producer of the myeloma treatment Kyprolis (Carfilzomib).  Topic: Survivorship Care for Multiple Myeloma Patients and Caregivers.  Key aspects: Developing a Survivorship Care Plan; Long Term Needs of Myeloma Survivors, including Bone Health, Mobility, Kidney Health and Health Maintenance.  Free lunch provided by Takeda Oncology.
  • December 12  -  Holiday Luncheon.  Details forthcoming.

Our Meeting Location:

Catholic Charities Building
4855* Princess Anne Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23462

*Note: You will NOT see a 4855 address per se on Princess Anne Road.  Turn into the Ascension Church entrance next to the Kempsville Masonic Temple (nr. 4869) and then proceed to the building on the right.

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We meet on most third Saturdays of the month from 10:00 AM to noon.  

Patients, caregivers and friends share their knowledge and experiences on treatments, coping with side effects, medical insurance, participation in clinical trials, new scientific and clinical research and provide mutual support and encouragement.

We also invite experts to join us and share their knowledge.


Our mission is to be an ongoing resource for information, support, shared experiences and hope for persons with multiple myeloma, their family and friends.  We also have participants with amyloidosis and Waldenstrom's macroglobulinemia.

Veterans Against Myeloma (VAM)

Veterans Against Myeloma seeks to unite myeloma veterans in support of myeloma education and research.  See:

Multiple Myeloma

Multiple myeloma is a cancer of the cells in the bone marrow that affects production of red cells, white cells and stem cells. More specifically, it is an uncontrolled growth of plasma cells which attack and destroy bone. It is the 2nd largest of the blood cancers affecting an estimated 750,000 people worldwide; in industrialized countries it is growing in number and affecting increasingly younger people. Although there is no known cure, multiple myeloma is treatable and outcomes are constantly improving.  For more information go to or


Amyloidosis is a rare disease that occurs when substances called amyloid proteins build up in your organs. Each year, over 3000 cases of amyloidosis are diagnosed in the U.S.  Amyloid is an abnormal protein usually produced by cells in your bone marrow that can be deposited in any tissue or organ. Amyloidosis can affect different organs in different people, such as the heart, kidneys, liver, spleen, nervous system and gastrointestinal tract.  The exact cause is unknown, and currently there's no cure.  However, therapies are available to help manage symptoms and limit the production of amyloid protein.  Research indicates that as many as 15% of myeloma patients may eventually get amyloidosis.  For more information go to and

Waldenstrom's Macroglobulinemia (WM)

Waldenstrom's Macroglobulinemia (WM) is a slow-growing cancer that begins in the immune system.  Abnormal white blood cells in the bone marrow make an abnormal protein called monoclonal immunoglobulin M (IgM) that thickens the blood plasma.  This causes the symptoms of WM.  WM is a rare disease, with only about 1,500 cases per year in the U.S.  While the disease is incurable, it is treatable.  Because of its indolent nature, many patients are able to lead active lives, and, when treatment is required, may experience years of symptom-free remission.  For more information go to

Join us as we strive to create hope and share experiences and information with patients, caregivers, family and friends through education, support and our personal experiences.


Jerry Walton

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