Sharon Clark was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2015 after experiencing unusual symptoms like aches and fatigue. Her treatment has included multiple courses of oral anti-cancer medication, countless injections, infusions and hospitalizations, a stem cell transplant and two spinal surgeries to repair cracked bones caused by the myeloma. She continues to be treated with an LLS-supported oral anti-cancer therapy to keep her cancer in remission.
“Remarkable advances have been achieved over the past decade in treating myeloma,” says Sharon. “While a cure has not yet been achieved, survival rates have been dramatically extended, thanks to a multitude of new therapies over the past decade. But there’s still more work to do.”
Today, Sharon is an active LLS volunteer and advocate. She even shared her inspiring story in Washington D.C. with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and members of Congress in an effort to raise awareness about the rising cost of cancer care and need for access to cutting-edge treatment.
“Being able to share my story so that I can help and inspire others has been the most fulfilling and therapeutic treatment,” she says.