Steve Nechero
Name: Steve Nechero
Age: 55
Hometown: Benbrook, Texas
I found I had multiple myeloma in January 2013 after a routine blood test for high cholesterol. My doctor of 20 years called me and told me to go to an oncologist because he thought I had multiple myeloma. Boy, was I in shock. I told my doctor that I just had been through a multiple myeloma experience with a close family member. My wife Shelly's dad also fought a good fight against multiple myeloma but lost the battle June 9, 2012 at the age of 83.
I have been very lucky to have a great medical team including Dr. Robert B. Berryman, Texas Oncology Baylor University Medical Center, and staff helping me keep my multiple myeloma in check. My goal is to be in peak form for my trek with my MMRF team and to help raise awareness and research funds to help others with cancer.
My oncologist, Dr. Berryman, encouraged me to get involved with MMRF. I got to hear about his trek to Kilimanjaro and saw some of the pictures. Before I was diagnosed, I had a very active lifestyle of water and snow skiing, working on my land near Benbrook Lake and in Palo Pinto County at Hog Bend Possum Kingdom Lake. Post-transplant, I lack the energy to get going and it seems that I am using up my energy for just getting up and going to work, which is not very inspiring. Dr. Berryman and MMRF have given me a new purpose in life.
I lost both of my parents to cancer and I want to help raise funds for research. New drugs and treatments give me and others hope for a bright future. Finding out that you only have three to five years to live is a great motivator.
I am from the Desert Southwest, born in Gallup, New Mexico, Indian Capital of the World. Growing up on the Colorado Plateau, the Grand Canyon was always a spiritual place. I have been to the canyon many times before and enjoyed the personal challenge of hiking the north and south rims. My goal is to build up my endurance mentally and physically to demonstrate that I can still rise to the challenge. My biggest challenge will be hiking out of the canyon. It will be relatively easy to hike in. Getting out will be a challenge. I want to learn to work with a team that understands multiple myeloma. It is time to get out of my comfort zone.
I have been doing short three-mile hikes with my family around Benbrook Lake near my home. I rejoined the YMCA after discontinuing my membership soon after my multiple myeloma diagnosis. I like to do the elliptical machine to work on my cardio.
What does "Moving Mountains for Multiple Myeloma" mean to you?
“Moving Mountains for Multiple Myeloma” means, to me, a new view of my life. Working with others for a greater goal than myself. Raising research funds to find new drugs and treatments to help people with cancer live a better life.
My family is my inspiration - Shelly, my caregiver, and my kids, Rhiannon and Drake, who are my special purpose in life. Dr. Berryman and his staff that keep me alive month to month. I would not be here if it were not for them.
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