Patient's stories

Maryse Bouchard

Multiple myeloma

An heartfelt for myeloma research from Maryse Bouchard

“In 2008, I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a very rare form of bone marrow cancer. I was very lucky to have ended up at Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont. After going through chemotherapy and an autologous stem cell transplant, I received a mini allogeneic stem cell transplant from my brother, who’s a perfect match with me. The transplant was a success, and now I’m in remission.

What’s so amazing is that, not so long ago, I was told I had only two years left to live. Now, I’ve got a whole world of possibility ahead of me, and that’s all that matters. I treasure every moment that I get to spend with my husband and two children. They’re my reason for living! I’m also very happy and excited to hear that Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont has set up the Myeloma Canada Chair on Multiple Myeloma, a complicated disease that Québec researchers are now focusing on understanding better. With your help, we can hope to improve treatments.

For as long as I’m alive, I plan to make it my mission to help the researchers trying to find a cure for this incurable disease.