Join Myeloma Coaches Amy Gebhardt and Valarie Traynham as they share their experience with hair loss after stem cell transplant, as well as what helped them to cope, and what solutions they were able to discover. You're not alone if you're worried about this side effect of the Stem Cell Transplant. In this meeting, join those who will go through or have been through this same challenge and find some advice and guidance.
Audrey joined the HealthTree Foundation as the Myeloma Community Program Director in 2020. While not knowing much about myeloma at the start, she has since worked hard to educate herself, empathize and learn from others' experiences. She loves this job. Audrey is passionate about serving others, loves learning, and enjoys a nice mug of hot chocolate no matter the weather.
“I became a Myeloma Coach after meeting many patients who did not have a peer mentor to ask questions and find relevant information about myeloma.”
Amy Gebhardt currently lives in Nashville for the winter, summering in Upstate New York and on the St. Lawrence River with her husband of 24 years, Paul Gebhardt. Her career was very diversified including Retail Management, eCommerce, Public Relations, and Human Resources, and she has always enjoyed a new challenge. She left her position as Senior Regional Human Resource Manager at Rite Aid at age 54 to move to Nashville with her husband. Six months later she was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma. On August 1, 2018, she learned that she had Stage III Kappa Free Light Chain Multiple Myeloma. Her bone biopsy showed 90% cancer and her genetic testing revealed genetic mutations that put her in the high-risk category. She underwent 6 months of induction therapy and in February 2019 an autologous stem cell transplant. She achieved a stringent complete remission following the SCT. She has remained on maintenance therapy since May 2019. Amy enjoys bike riding, yoga, walking, sewing, and quilting. She spends time with family and friends as much as is safe during COVID. She devotes many hours a month volunteering time to Healthtree, Gilda’s House, and Jessica’s Heroes Foundation.
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