Name: Deborah Welsch
Age: 49
Hometown: Rochester, NY
Hello, my name is Debbie. I am very honored to have been selected to participate in the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation’s (MMRF) 2017 Mount Fuji team for a cure. My mom, who is the sweetest, most beautiful and loving woman, was diagnosed in June 2014 with high risk multiple myeloma. I was crushed.
I had always had dreams of her and my dad being spotlighted on the Smucker's jelly jar when they turned 100, a segment spotlighted on NBC’s the TODAY Show. She was extremely active and had more energy than me. I knew for at least five months something was not right when she said she felt fine, but tired. The doctors didn't diagnose her for at least two months after she hurt herself doing sit ups, 
which meant signs were present for seven months.
It is so important for doctors to listen to the patient and do the right blood tests and X-rays to catch this horrible disease as soon as possible. I am very thankful for all the doctors doing research and trials being done to find a cure!
She has endured several treatments including a horrific experience in New York. which she is getting through as I write this very moment.
I believe in finding a cure and I pray continuously that God will bless all of us affected by multiple Myeloma very soon. I am very excited to feel I can help in some way!
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