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Mika's Mission: Tackling Multiple Myeloma

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BRIDGEPORT -

Mika Hunter is a Bridgeport resident who was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2010.

He is about to have his second stem cell transplant on October 25 and wanted to spread the word about this rare disease that has affected his life.

Hunter, 39, was perfectly healthy until one day in 2010 he noticed something strange.

"I've always been pretty active with indoor and outdoor activities. I went to visit my sister in Philadelphia in 2010 and while I was there I felt a pain in my arm. I was carrying a box and it wasn't even that heavy. I rolled my ankle, and when I did my left humerus just snapped," Hunter explained.

After this, he was taken to West Virginia University Sports Medicine and the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center where he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a rare blood cancer.

Hunter said it was a big surprise.

"I was kind of shocked because I don't smoke cigarettes, I eat some crazy stuff but its normal, pizza, and stuff like that but it was a random thing. I took it in stride and did what they told me and just try to stay positive," Hunter said.

Staying positive is something Hunter and his girlfriend Liz Martin said is necessary to do.

"Not sounding corny but it's easy with her. We're just positive. It doesn't matter if it's cancer or a car accident or whatever it is you just have to recover and go on with life," Hunter said.

Martin said Hunter stays positive and keeps a good attitude no matter what.

"With or without cancer he is the most positive person I have ever met. I was always very cynical and with him I don't sweat the small stuff anymore," Martin said.

Multiple myeloma doesn't have a cure, but Hunter is now in partial remission after many treatments.

He's now going for a stem cell transplant that will lower the amount of cancer cells in his body.

"On the 25th I'll have the transplant. I've actually done this exact process in 2010-2011. I'll be at the family house at the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center in Morgantown," Hunter said.

The recovery for the treatment is a few months but Martin will be able to stay at the family house with Hunter while he's there.

We will be following Hunter on his journey through his treatments, and his wish to spread the word about multiple myeloma.