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Long-Term Multiple Myeloma Survivor- If I Knew Then What I Know Now

I went under the knife and woke up eight hours later. Dr. Makely gently explained that I had multiple myeloma (MM).  I was told that myeloma was an incurable but very treatable (?!) blood cancer.

It took me years to figure out that 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’m more likely to die from one of these long-term or late stage side effects than I am of my MM at this point. 

Insult to Injury is that FDA approved, standard-of-care 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- “we can do nothing more for you”…

Ever wondered about the saying “The Cure is worse than the Disease?”

Painful experience taught me two things

I learned the hard way that toxicity from chemo and/or radiation causes more damage and can be just as dangerous as your cancer.

Research confirms that chemotherapy and radiation age you, can cause your cancer to relapse, can cause secondary cancers, and can cause long-term brain, nerve, joint, and bone damage.

Since undergoing a controvesial non-conventional cancer therapy and 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 Multiple Myeloma.

Nutrition, anti-oxidant/anti-inflammatory/anti-angiogenic supplements and lifestyle therapies 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.

The Multiple Myeloma Cancer Coaching Program provides my answer to “I wish I knew then what I know now”- conventional and non-conventional MM therapies.

The PeopleBeatingCancer-Side Effects Program incorporates years of research and experience managing the short, long-term and late stage side effects that can result from surgery, chemotherapy and radiation.

Side effects such as:

  1. Chemo-Radiation-Induced Short-Term Side Effects
  2. Chemotherapy-induced Aging
  3. Chronic Non-Cancer  Pain
  4. Chemotherapy-induced Relapse
  5. Treatment-related Secondary Cancer
  6. Corticosteroid-induced Avascular Necrosis
  7. Chemotherapy-induced cognitive dysfunction-Chemobrain
  8. Chemotherapy & Radiation-induced Nerve damage-CIPN and RILP
  9. Chemotherapy-induced cardiomyopathy-heart damage
  10. Chemotherapy-induced Atrial Fibrillation- Afib
  11. Chemo-induced hypertension –High blood pressure
  12. Chemotherapy-induced Hemorrhagic Cystitis-Irritible bladder
  13. Radiation-induced Dysphagia-Difficulty Swallowing
  14. Radiation-induced Xerostomia- Dry Mouth
  15. Chemotherapy-induced Deep Vein Thrombosis- blood clot
  16. Managing Mental Health as a Cancer Survivor-

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.

  • I live with more than a dozen serious long-term/late stage side effects. Conventional therapies caused a great deal of harm and provided no real benefit-
  • I manage these side effects by living an anti-cancer lifestyle DAILY-
  • I look forward to my birthdays. Getting older is a badge of courage for me. Unlike most cancer patients, I want to be defined by my cancer. My scars are another type of badge of courage for me-

Providing evidence-based, information, education and experience through the PeopleBeatingCancer Coaching Programs are my purpose in life. I’ve learned that if you are diagnosed with cancer knowledge is power. 

David Emerson

  • Cancer Survivor
  • Cancer Coach
  • Director PeopleBeatingCancer

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