Virginia Najarian

Virginia Najarian

Virginia Najarian: My Patient Focus

"I'd been healthy all my life and am a get-up and-go person. When I learned that I had blood cancer, my first thought was, 'Am I going to die?' I was introduced by my cousin to some of the top physicians in the field of myeloma. Finally, I felt I was in good hands."

"My family and friends are my support group – they all have pitched in to help even during those months when I stayed home in my bathrobe most of the time. I stay active with a job and meet often with friends. One thing I tell everyone is to keep busy even when you feel lousy."

"My son's advice to let the doctors take care of me was some of the best I received. I was lucky, too. You are your own best advocate. It's up to you to make sure you are treated by doctors you feel good about, especially those who know about the latest treatments."