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Patient Stories

Jennifer Hoegerman: My WM Story

Jennifer Hoegerman’s life is, by every measure, an active one filled with parental and professional commitments, volunteerism of a challenging sort, an enthusiasm for the outdoor life whether sailing, canoeing, or riding her beloved Arabian horses, and a love of nature. Jennifer is also a nineteen-year survivor of Waldenstrom’s macroglobulinemia. A “younger WMer,” Jennifer was diagnosed when her children were young and before the era of Rituxan, a time when the strategy of watch and wait was not an option so frequently followed as it is today.

Dr. Michael J. Smith: Resilience and Faith – a Family’s Perspective

I will never forget the phone call that changed our lives. It was in the Fall of 1998 when my sister and I received a call from my mother. She was extremely upset. Our father had just received a call from his doctor who reported his lab work showed a very low hematocrit value of 17.  The doctor advised my father to report to the hospital right away.


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