The Chesapeake Multiple Myeloma Network Group

CMMN member Frank Miller published article on Myeloma Action Month in The Star Democrat: Click here to view

Welcome to the Chesapeake Multiple Myeloma Network (CMMN). If you are living with Multiple Myeloma, you need not be alone. The Chesapeake Multiple Myeloma Network (CMMN) is an informal Eastern Shore support and education group of individuals affected by multiple myeloma. Its mission is “to provide ongoing resources of information, support, shared experiences, and hope for persons with multiple myeloma, their families, and friends.” CMMN partners with the University of Maryland’s Shore Regional Health Cancer Center’s Outpatient Oncology Support Program and is an affiliate of the International Myeloma Foundation.

​CMMN meets quarterly on the first Saturday of the months of March, May, September, and November from 4:00 until 5:30, unless otherwise noted. Meetings take place at the Eastern Shore Conservation Center (Large Conference Room) at 114 S. Washington St. in Easton, MD 21601. Parking is available in the Center’s Washington St. lot and on Washington St. itself. The Center is handicapped accessible.

CMMN members receive a monthly electronic newsletter, CMMN Updates, which provides news on multiple myeloma clinical research and treatment, patient and family support services, and key public policy and advocacy issues.

For further information about CMMN meetings contact Bob Kelly at 410-226-5345 or or


Upcoming 2018 CMMN Meetings:

Ms. Barbara V. Jarrell, LifeStyle Coach at the YMCA of the Chesapeakewill address the May 12, 2018 Quarterly Meeting on:
The LiveSTONG Program at the YMCA and Multiple Myeloma Patients


Ms. Barbara V. Jarrell is a Life Style Coach at the YMCA of the Chesapeake in Easton and directs its LiveSTRONG Program. LiveSTRONG is a free physical activity program designed to get survivors back on their feet. Research indicates that a major concern among cancer survivors is the difficulty of returning to physical activity after treatment. In response, LiveSTRONG, a national not-for-profit organization providing support services for cancer survivors (, partnered with the YMCA in 2007 to create LiveSTRONG at the YMCA, a multiweek physical activity program designed to address this concern. At the Easton Y, survivors participate in free exercise regimens customized to their individual needs and developed by certified fitness instructors. The instructors are trained in cancer survivorship, post-rehabilitation exercise and supportive cancer care. Issues such as diet and nutrition also are addressed in the program. Assessments of LiveSTRONG conducted by researchers from Yale University and Dana Farber Cancer Institute suggest that LiveSTRONG participants experienced significant increases in physical activity, overall quality of life, and fitness performance as well as decreases in cancer-related fatigue. Ms. Jarrell will describe both how the LiveSTRONG program operates in Easton and its likely benefits for individuals being treated for chronic cancers like myeloma as well as other related blood and bone marrow cancers.


 Other CMMN Quarterly Meeting Dates for 2018

May 12 (Previously scheduled for May 5)

September 8

November 3

[Speakers and other details to be posted at a later date.]



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