June 7, 2011

Perry Lee Rhoden | Multiple Myeloma Survivor

Perry Lee Rhoden Multiple Myeloma Survivor
“I had a tooth pulled in 2009 and my dentist discovered my cancer. In July of that year I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma that started in my jawbone, which is an unusual place for it to start.

The first time I came to UAMS I had five doctors in the room with me. My jaw became so swollen that I had to put all of my food through a blender. As soon as I could eat again, I ate everything in sight!

After just eight treatments, the tumor had shrunk significantly. I was in remission for eight months and then another tumor appeared on my head. In only three weeks it grew to be as big as a grapefruit.

I had that tumor removed and had a titanium screen inserted. You can’t even tell it’s there.

When you’re faced with cancer you just have to keep the attitude that you’re going to beat it and remember that you’re in the right place. I’m doing great now. Every day is a good day.”

Perry Lee Rhoden
Multiple myeloma survivor
Sheridan, Ark.