At 28 years old, Erika is one of the youngest people ever diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a blood cancer, or tumor of the bone marrow, involving white blood cells that produce a distinctive destructive protein in the blood. Her diagnosis is lifelong – it is treatable but not curable. Less than 0.3 % of all multiple myeloma patients are under 30 years old.
Erika is also a GlobalMed alum. She served as a marketing specialist for over two years. She is a gifted writer, social media wizard, and overall creative marketer! Erika is a great cat mom to Nala, a dedicated daughter and sister, and a friend to many.
A Courageous Decision
When Erika was given a cancer diagnosis, she made a decision. She felt called to raise awareness about this rare form of cancer and tell her story via social media. She didn’t worry about her hair being perfect or having the latest styles to show off – she knew that her hair, so beautiful and a form of innocent pride for most, would go away for a while and even become a part of her story. She didn’t aspire to be an influencer or place her value in the number of likes she gets. She simply wanted to tell her story and inspire others – as far and as wide as anyone would listen.