When Peter DeNardis was diagnosed with Waldenstrom macroglobulinemia 17 years ago, he had no idea what his next steps would be. Follow along to hear the story of his diagnosis, treatment journey and where he is now, including all of the “peaks and valleys” that come along with navigating cancer. He also shares personal advice for those who are newly diagnosed with Waldenstrom macroglobulinemia.

Peter DeNardis' Story (first published November 23, 2020)

I remember first hearing the name of the disease when I received my diagnosis 17 years ago. It sounded strange and alien. Honestly, it could have been the name of anything. But, as I learned then, it wasn’t just anything. Waldenstrom macroglobulinemia (WM) is a rare form of cancer, one that unfortunately doesn’t have a cure.

At the time, I was 43 years old. I was married. My children were still in school, still dependent on me. Naturally, the questions began to swirl in my mind: How will my family be without me? How will this affect them emotionally? Financially? The thought of not being able to see them grow up was arresting.

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