Alan Stephenson

Alan Stephenson

Myeloma Patient and Advocate

Alan Stephenson is a financial advisor, husband, father and grandfather who is living well with multiple myeloma.  He lives in Louisiana and enjoys fishing, hunting, archery and scuba diving.  Alan lived with severe back pain for years before discovering he had myeloma after his L5 vertebra collapsed in April 2016.  He was sent to the UAMS Myeloma Institute and treated by Dr. Gareth Morgan.  Alan was told he had fractures in almost every vertebra, close to 150 lesions on his bones and 60 pecent of the cells in his bone marrow were cancerous.  He had clusters of fractures in his ribs which caused even more pain.  Alan was told that without treatment, he probably had about three months to live, but Dr. Morgan and his team were confident that with proper treatment, he would do well and reclaim his life.  Alan has had four rounds of chemo, two stem cell transplants, and 16 rounds of immunotherapy, as well as several proceedures to repair the damage to his back.  He is in remission and currently on maintenance chemo.  Alan is recovering well and is active again.  He now competes in archery tournamants, fishes, does yard work, and is back at his job as a financial advisor.  His next goal is to scuba dive and spearfish once again.  Alan is determined to live well with multiple myeloma, and he has made up his mind from day one that myeloma was not going to beat him or define his life.  He forces himself to do things he doesn’t feel like doing so that he can regain strength and endurance.  Alan’s hope is to be a blessing to others with myeloma and to encourage them to live life with joy and passion.

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