It took me years to figure it out but conventional oncology’s definition of treatable is very different from my definition of treatable. My oncologist prescribed chemotherapy and radiation treatments that caused short, long-term and late stage side effects that I struggle with to this day.
I am much more likely to die from one of these long-term or late stage side effects than I am of my MM at this point.
The worst part is that the toxic therapies did little to hold off my MM. In September of 1997, less than 3 years after my diagnosis of cancer, I was told I was end-stage MM- “we can do nothing more for you”…
Ever wondered about the saying “The Cure is worse than the Disease?”
I was diagnosed at the age of 34 with a Single Bone Plasmacytoma aka pre-multiple myeloma. Not even full blown MM. None of the MM statistics applied to me.
Painful experience taught me that the more chemo and radiation the patients has, the greater the risk of short, long-term and late stage side effects.
I learned the hard way that toxicity from chemo and/or radiation causes more damage and is just as dangerous as your cancer.
Since achieving complete remission in early 1999, I’ve learned that there are dozens of evidence-based, complementary and integrative therapies that research has shown can both reduce toxicity while enhancing the efficacy of chemotherapy and radiation and/or can kill MM.
Nutrition, anti-oxidant/anti-inflammatory/anti-angiogenic supplements and lifestyle therapies such as exercise and whole-body hyperthermia can kill cancer as well as help us keep us myeloma survivors strong before, during and after therapy.
My myeloma experience illustrates why conventional MM oncology is only a small piece of the cancer care picture. Newly diagnosed MM patients and long-term cancer survivors must use the best of both conventional evidence-based and non-conventional therapies.
I launched the Galen Foundation in 2004. I created PeopleBeatingCancer.org to communicate with fellow cancer survivors and provide information about my primary cancer, Multiple Myeloma, as well as the short, long-term and late stage side effects of those therapies that caused so much damage to me including:
I have remained in complete remission since 4/99 by living an evidence-based, non-toxic, anti-MM lifestyle through nutrition, supplementation, bone health, mind-body and lifestyle therapies.
Providing evidence-based, non-toxic, anti-MM therapies through the PeopleBeatingCancer MM Cancer Coaching Program is my purpose in life. I’ve learned that if you are diagnosed with cancer knowledge is power.