A native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Ms Manchulenko graduated with a Bachelor of Nursing degree from the University of Manitoba in 2001. While working as a clinical research nurse, she developed a passion for multiple myeloma and acquired a deep understanding of the disease. Ms Manchulenko has been involved in numerous nursing advisory programs. She has educated other nurses from across Canada on multiple myeloma and symptom management, and has helped develop tools for use in supportive care. She has also presented these programs to nurses and pharmacists across Canada who treat myeloma patients. This year, she is pursuing her Master’s of Science in Nursing at the University of British Columbia and will focus on research in myeloma patients.
MsManchulenko’s hopes for a cure for multiple myeloma, and is working toward that end. In the meantime, she strives to ensure that all myeloma patients receive the best quality of life possible, which can only be achieved with the collaboration and education of healthcare staff, patients, caregivers, and researchers.