Meet Cynthia Chmielewski
Cynthia Chmielewski attended Rutgers University graduating with a degree in Psychology and Education. Upon her graduation Cynthia secured her first teaching position and immediately fell in love with her chosen profession. Cynthia continued teaching for 28 years until she retired in 2009.
Diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a blood cancer, in 2008 her life took on a new direction. Cindy’s induction therapy stopped working after a few cycles and she proceeded with a stem cell transplant which failed to put her into remission. Depressed and scared she continued her fight using newly FDA-approved targeted therapies which eventually put her in remission. Cynthia continues treatment with a maintenance protocol.
Now that she is retired Cynthia is using her passion for education to teach a new group of “students” – myeloma patients, their caregivers and others interested in myeloma. Cynthia is on the board of directors of the Philadelphia Multiple Myeloma Networking Group and on the advisory boards of the Patient Empowerment Network and the Myeloma Crowd Research Initiative. She is a trained mentor, advocate and Patient Ambassador. Using social media to educate is Cynthia’s passion tweeting at @MyelomaTeacher and sharing myeloma resources on her MyelomaTeacher Facebook page. Cynthia was the co-founder of the #MMSM TweetChats. She is also an active participant in several online support communities. Cynthia serves as a voting member on the Institutional Review Board at the University of Pennsylvania and is a regular panelist on CURETALKS Internet Radio Podcast. Cynthia has spoken and presented posters on at several medical conferences including the American Society of Hematology’s and the American Association for Cancer Research’s annual meetings.
Cindy loves spending time with her family at the beach or attending a Broadway show. She joined the Cure Forward Precision Medicine Advocates Program in July 2016.