Multiple Myeloma Awareness Month 2024 is here!

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March is Multiple Myeloma Awareness Month (MMAM).

And while nearly 4,000 Canadians are diagnosed with multiple myeloma every year,
the vast majority of Canadians don’t know what multiple myeloma is.

And that’s a huge problem. Multiple myeloma, also known as myeloma, is the 2nd most common blood cancer that is still without a cure, for now.

Please give as generously as you can
so every Canadian with myeloma, regardless of who they are or where they live, can look forward to a bright and hopeful future with those they love.

While myeloma may sound a lot like melanoma, they are most definitely not the same. Melanoma is a cancer that most often occurs in the skin; myeloma is a cancer of the plasma cells, a type of immune cell, in the bone marrow.


The signs and symptoms of myeloma can be as diverse as the people living with this complex cancer, which often makes it challenging to diagnose. That’s why it’s vital to create as much awareness for myeloma as we can.


We need to reach every Canadian in every town, city, province and territory to inform them of the often vague signs and symptoms of myeloma so that more people experiencing early signs don’t overlook them. The sooner myeloma is diagnosed, the better the chances for a brighter prognosis.

How you can help

Join us throughout the month as we introduce you to members of our community living with myeloma. Learn what prompted them to investigate their health, and ultimately how it led to their myeloma diagnosis. Click on the “Learn our stories” tab to find out more.

Create awareness for myeloma by liking, sharing/reposting our “I found out when…” and “Did you know…” posts, and add your own experience to them. See the “Files to share” tab for more ideas and artwork.

Global outreach: Myeloma Action Month

As proud members of the International Myeloma Foundation’s (IMF) Global Myeloma Action Network (GMAN), we’re also participating in a global initiative on taking action to raise international awareness for myeloma.

  • If you would like to learn more, click here.
  • To participate in the GMAN “What does myeloma mean to me” video campaign, please click here.

I found out when…

Meet some members of our community living with myeloma. Learn what prompted them to investigate their health, and ultimately how it led to their myeloma diagnosis.

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Your gift will enable thousands of Canadians with myeloma, their families and loved ones enjoy each other longer.


I find out when… I broke a rib PLANTING flowers.

My myeloma journey is atypical and started in 2005 with numbness in my legs. After 4 long years of tests and going from specialist to specialist, I finally received my diagnosis in 2009 at 47 years old. Everything was under control until I broke a rib planting flowers. This began the first of two relapses, countless surgeries, complications, and treatments. I’ve been on my current treatment for 7 years and am working, travelling, and enjoying friends and family, especially my grandchildren.


That’s my myeloma journey so far.


I found out when… I thought I TRAINED too hard.

For a few years prior to 2019 I was noticing that I couldn’t catch my breath while training for various (running) races. Along with shortness of breath came annoying back pain and persistent anemia. My thought process was, I must be training too hard or it’s the inevitable by-product of old age.


A series of doctor appointments and bloodwork revealed the truth and in February 2019 I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma.


I found out when… My annual BLOODWORK results were UNUSUAL.

On December 18, 2018, I had my annual physical at my GP’s office. A week later he called me to come in. I saw him on January 19, 2019, and he explained that my blood count had dropped. I saw him again on February 8 and 15th. That’s when he referred me to an oncologist who I saw a week later. I did numerous bloodwork and tests and was diagnosed with multiple myeloma on August 29, 2019.


That’s when I was diagnosed with myeloma.


I found out when… Intense BACK PAIN ended my golf game.

In 2019 I was golfing with my brother in Singapore when my lower back started to hurt more and more to the extent that I could not finish the last few holes. Co-incidentally a rainstorm rolled in and I was indeed thankful so that I could stop swinging my clubs.  Two weeks later and back in Canada, an MRI scan showed a large plasmacytoma in my lower back and a pathological fracture.


That’s how my myeloma diagnosis started.


I found out when… I couldn’t CATCH MY BREATH.

In 2021, I found I couldn’t catch my breath just doing simple things like housework, going up a flight of stairs, or a short walk.  I thought it was due to the Covid shots and I would get better in due time, which it didn’t.  I finally went to the doctor and she started with testing my heart with a blood test which then led to further blood testing.


That’s when I was diagnosed with myeloma.

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. – Lao Tzu

Together let’s do what we can to increase awareness for myeloma clear across the country. The more people who learn about myeloma, the more empowered they’ll be to recognize possible signs and symptoms in themselves or someone they love, and seek proper medical attention.

Every shared post matters in making myeloma matter. We need you to help us reach beyond our community so that no one receiving a diagnosis will say,

What the 😖 is myeloma?


How you can help

Social media

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Download and share our “Did you know…” easy-to-use social media posts, or create your own, and ask others to do the same.


  • Use our hashtags #MCMAM2024, #myelomaawarenesscanada
  • Tag 3 of your social media ‘friends’ or followers who don’t know you well, and don’t know about myeloma. Ask them to like and share/repost your post, use our hashtags, and tag 3 of their contacts, and so on.

Post with us!

Suggested caption:

March is multiple myeloma awareness month.

Spread the word. Like. Share. Repost.

Learn more at

#MCMAM2024, #MyelomaAwarenessCanada

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This Myeloma Awareness Month help improve awareness and recognition of myeloma so it can be detected earlier, for brighter futures.

Spread the word. Share your story.

Learn more at

#MCMAM2024, #MyelomaAwarenessCanada

Suggested caption:

This Multiple Myeloma Awareness Month, help create awareness for myeloma and the importance of early diagnosis, so that all Canadians with myeloma, no matter who they are or where they live, have the chance to look forward to a promising future.
Spread the word. Like. Share. Repost.
Learn more at

#MCMAM2024, #MyelomaAwarenessCanada

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Learn some of the risk factors associated with myeloma like  obesity, prolonged exposure to certain chemicals, a previous MGUS or smouldering multiple myeloma (SMM) diagnosis, and in some cases, a first-degree relative who has or had myeloma.

It’s Multiple Myeloma Awareness Month. Spread the word. Like. Share. Repost.

Learn more at

#MCMAM2024, #MyelomaAwarenessCanada

Share your story!

  • Repost and share the “I found out when…” posts and add your own experience.
  • What was YOUR defining moment (your “I found out when”) when you knew something was wrong?

Change your social media profile picture

Download the file to change your social media profile picture for the month of March. Let it spark questions. Create a post explaining that you’ve changed your photo for the Myeloma Canada flower to help spread awareness for myeloma throughout the month and encourage others to do the same.

Change your Facebook cover photo

Change up your background cover photo to our campaign messaging and help spread the word.

Other ideas:

  • Contact your local media (newspaper, radio or TV station) and offer to share your story with them.
  • Give an in-person or online/zoom talk at your community centre, public library, place of worship, yoga, running, or knitting group, book club, or any group you belong to!
  • Explain what myeloma is to those who may not be aware.
  • Discuss the effects of myeloma on your life with your online community, friends and loved ones who don’t know much about the subject.
  • Hold a fundraiser in your community. It’ll give you the opportunity to create awareness and raise funds at the same time! (Reach out to Patricia Celestin at [email protected] for ideas!)
  • Learn about new available treatments or clinical trials and discuss your options with your support system and healthcare team.
  • Review your treatment goals and share them with your online community, as well as your family and friends.
  • Get involved in a local or virtual support group or help create one in your area if there isn’t one already.
  • Read and share articles with your friends and family and ask them to do the same.
  • Direct your online and personal community to to learn more.

“Over the past 25 years, research has completely changed our understanding of multiple myeloma and its treatments. Although we are not yet able to speak of a cure on a large scale, successes are accumulating, with life expectancy and quality of life constantly improving. The field of immunotherapy is extremely promising in the search for a cure, and so we must continue to invest in research.”

– Dr Richard LeBlanc
University of Montreal Myeloma Canada Chair on Multiple Myeloma
at Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont, Montreal, QC

Please donate today.

Myeloma is the 2nd most common form of blood cancer without a cure, for now…but a cure is getting closer.

Myeloma is a complex cancer that can affect each person differently. Some may experience bone pain while others none at all. That’s why there’s no such thing as “one treatment fits all” when it comes to treating myeloma. What works for one person may not work for another; each case must be assessed individually for the best outcomes.

Signs and symptoms of myeloma are often vague and so aren’t taken as seriously as they should be.

Because bone pain, fatigue, anemia, or shortness of breath are also common to stress or getting older, these signs and symptoms of myeloma are often overlooked for too long. Trust yourself. You know your body and how it should feel, and if it doesn’t feel right, say so. It’s also important to note that in the early stages of myeloma, there may not be any signs or symptoms at all. That’s why it’s so important to do your annual blood work, even when you feel well!

Every day, 11 Canadians are diagnosed with myeloma but most people have never heard of it.

Even though there are more individuals living with myeloma than ever before – thanks to better diagnostics, advances in treatments and drug therapies, and an aging population – most people first hear the words ‘myeloma’ when they or someone they love are first diagnosed.

Myeloma is a complicated cancer that doesn’t discriminate against age, gender, race, or ethnicity.

Myeloma is not, ‘just an older person’s cancer’. While it may be more common in older populations, people in their 20’s through to their 90’s are also hearing the words, ‘you have myeloma’. The same holds true for race and gender. While myeloma is slightly more prevalent in the Black male population, myeloma doesn’t belong to one race, gender or ethnic group.