Multiple Myeloma an incurable disease, but I have spent the last 25 years in remission using a blend of conventional oncology and evidence-based nutrition, supplementation, and lifestyle therapies from peer-reviewed studies that your oncologist probably hasn't told you about.
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I have come to believe that my mental health is just as important as my physical health in managing my multiple myeloma. The links below show the studies that cite how important mind-body therapies are to cancer patients and survivors.
I understand that mind-body therapies don’t get much respect when it comes to a MM diagnosis. All I am saying is that the mind-body therapies below are complementary therapies to be added into your regimen and that they are what I have been doing for years now.
I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in February of 1994.Several years of aggressive conventional therapies led to remission, relapse, remission, relapse and finally, “there is nothing more we can do for you.“
I have lived in complete remission from my MM since 4/99 by living an evidence-based, non-toxic, anti-MM lifestyle.
Please watch the video below to learn more about the evidence-based, integrative therapies to combat treatment side effects and enhance your chemotherapy.
I am both a long-term Multiple Myeloma survivor of an incurable cancer and Myeloma cancer coach. To learn more about evidence-based, non-toxic, therapies to manage your multiple myeloma scroll down the page, post a question or a comment and I will reply to you ASAP.
Attitude as mind-body therapy:
1) Take responsibility for your health.
I don’t mean to sound trite here. You make all decisions about your body. Your doctor and others can make recommendations but you are the final say. There was a fundamental shift in my thinking when I decided that my oncologist was no longer in charge of my cancer, the fall of 1997.
2) Find a sense of purpose-
There has got to more of a goal for you than remission or even a cure. It can be seeing your daughter/son graduate/marry, it can be achieving a goal within an organization, it can be most anything. But the purpose has got to be more than your health. For me it is PeopleBeatingCancer. Researching and writing about cancer, coaching cancer patients, survivors and caregivers, all of it is extremely gratifying for me.
3) Understand and live positive psychology-
This is not about being cheerful or thinking happy thoughts. The field of Positive Psychology described by Dr. Martin Seligman in the video linked above brought a fundamental shift in how I thought about the ups and downs that come with cancer (explanatory style).
4) Grow spiritually-
Please notice that I didn’t say to become spiritual or “you need some churchin’ up” (Blues Brothers-Cab Calloway). I said to “grow spiritually.” The simple experience of facing death will help you grow spiritually.
5) Be Proud to be a cancer survivor–
The two cancer philosophies that I disagree with most often are “Cancer as war or She beat cancer to the end…” and “I don’t want people to define me by my cancer…” I feel the exact opposite. I look at cancer as a chess match, as if I need to out-think cancer, not beat it.
Further, I’m proud of my scars, both mental and physical. I no longer sweat the little stuff. I’m more spiritual. I give more. Has cancer made me a better person???
Practicing mind-body therapy in your daily life-
6) Moderate Daily Exercise–
In many ways, moderate daily exercise is the ultimate mind-body therapy. Before, during and after active therapies, countless studies prove that moderate exercise changes how your genes express themselves, help you loose weight, help you sleep (see #8), just feel better…
7) Be social-
Whether in a marriage or a committed relationship, cancer survivors live longer if you and your primary caregiver are partners.
8) Quality sleep-
Some the most commonsense therapies can be the most effective for cancer patients and survivors. A good night’s sleep for instance.The articles linked above cite that sleep is difficult during therapy and lack of restful sleep may worsen your cancer.…
Breathing exercises, mindfulness, meditation, massage, aromatherapy, sauna- I consider all of these as being relaxation therapies…
It took me a few years to figure it out but talking to someone about my cancer experiences helped me a lot. I still have “a bit of the OCD” and I think there may be a little PTSD still drifting around my head but talking to a professional talker was important therapy for me.