Cynthia attended Rutgers University graduating with degrees in Psychology and Education. Upon graduation she secured her first teaching position and immediately fell in love with her chosen profession. Cynthia continued teaching for 28 years. Now retired, Cynthia, a myeloma survivor, is using her passion for education to teach a new group of "students" - myeloma patients and their caregivers. She is on the advisory boards of the Patient Empowerment Network, the Myeloma Crowd Research Initiative and the Philadelphia Multiple Myeloma Networking Group. Using social media to educate is her passion. Cynthia educates and advocates by tweeting at @MyelomaTeacher and sharing myeloma resources, educational opportunities and clinical trial information on her MyelomaTeacher Facebook page. Ms. Chmielewski is the co-founder of the #MMSM TweetChat and is also a regular panelist on the CureTalks Podcast. Cynthia was an invited panelist and presented posters on using social media in hematology at the annual meetings of the American Society of Hematology (ASH), the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and the European Bone Marrow Transplant (EBMT). More recently Cynthia joined the Patient Engagement team at Patient Power. Additionally, she consults on educational projects sponsored by the Myeloma Crowd. She enjoys serving as a voting member on the IRB at the University of Pennsylvania, the patient advocate on the Myeloma Steering Committee of the ACCRU clinical trial network and a peer reviewer for the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Cynthia was just appointed to NCI Myeloma Steering Committee as one of the Patient Advocates.
Cynthia works tirelessly to provide information and support to other Myeloma patients and their caregivers. She is someone I go to for the most up to date information and respect her opinion on all Myeloma matters. — Pamela
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