SOUTHEASTERN VIRGINIA MULTIPLE MYELOMA SUPPORT GROUP
(SEVA MMSG)

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Member of the International Myeloma Foundation Network of Support Groups
 

About SEVA

Mission

VAM

Meetings

Contact

Driving Directions

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:

  • March 15  -  Speaker:  Pat Ferguson, a Professional and Certified Nutritionist.  Topic:  Healthy diet and nutrition practices for individuals, including cancer patients. Group Discussion: Following speaker presentation as time allows: patients and caregivers share information and support.  FREE LUNCH provided by Millennium: the Takeda Oncology Company.  
  • April 19  -  NO MEETING.  SEE THE NEXT ENTRY regarding the International Myeloma Foundation (IMF) Regional Community Workshop on Saturday, April 26th.
  • April 26  -  FREE MYELOMA WORKSHOP WITH MYELOMA DOCTOR AND NURSE EXPERTS.    The International Myeloma Foundation (IMF) Myeloma Regional Community Workshop.  When: 10 AM to 3 PM, Saturday, Apr 26th.  Check-in starts at 9 AM.  Location: Westin Hotel, Town Center, Virginia Beach.  (4535 Commerce Street, Virginia Beach, VA 23462).  Google Map:  http://tinyurl.com/lz5mux4 .   Multiple adjacent free city parking garages.  Details:  Speakers include Dr. Robert Kyle, myeloma expert from the Mayo Clinic; Dr. Christina Gasparetto, myeloma and stem cell transplant expert from Duke University Medical Center; Charise Gleason, Advanced Oncology Nurse Practitioner from the Winship Cancer Institute at Emory University in Atlanta and a member of the IMF Nurse Leadership BoardFREE LUNCH INCLUDED.  DON'T MISS IT!  Register at 1-800-452-2873.  (It's free, they just need a head count for lunch and seating).  Additional details at http://tinyurl.com/mgkpm4f or go to the IMF website (www.myeloma.org) and click on Meetings, then on Community Workshops and then on this event.
  • May  17  -  Speaker and Topic:  TBD.   Group Discussion: Following speaker presentation as time allows; patients and caregivers share information and support.  FREE LUNCH provided by Millennium: the Takeda Oncology Company. 
  • June  21  -  Speaker:  Ann McNeill, RN, MSN, APN of Hackensack University Medical Center and Member, International Myeloma Foundation Nurse Leadership Board. Topic:  TBD.   Group Discussion: Following speaker presentation as time allows; patients and caregivers share information and support.  FREE LUNCH provided by Millennium: the Takeda Oncology Company.
  • July  19   -   TBD
  • Aug  16   -   TBD
  • Sep  20   -   TBD
  • Oct   18   -   TBD
  • Nov  15   -   TBD
  • Dec  13   -   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.

Use the "View Printed Driving Directions" link below the map for the most detailed directions from points in Hampton Roads. 

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About SEVA MMSG

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.

Mission

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: www.vam.myeloma.org.

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 www.myeloma.org or www.philadelphia.myeloma.org/links/.

Amyloidosis

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 www.amyloidosis.org and www.amyloidosissupport.com.

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 www.iwmf.com.

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.

Contact:

Jerry Walton
757-495-8432
jerryewalton@cox.net

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