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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The word incurable is frightening. When I read the NYTimes article linked and excerpted below, I thought the writer, an IBD survivor, was writing about my world as a long-term myeloma survivor. It turns out that her world only sounds like my world. But I will say that newly diagnosed myeloma patients can learn from what Tessa Miller has learned about her disease.
I’ve chosen to excerpt those words, those portions of the article that are written about Inflammatory Bowel Disese that also apply to Multiple Myeloma.
However unlikely it may sound, I now feel that myeloma survivors have a lot in common with IBD survivors.
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“Since that first hospital stay, I’ve had biopsies, CT scans, X-rays, blood tests, antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, opiates, steroids, immunoglobulin…
“When an illness that the doctors can’t cure becomes part of our life, all the rules seem to change,” said Paul K. Chafetz, Ph.D., a psychologist in Dallas. “It’s scary in a dozen ways.” I’ve learned countless lessons since the early days of my illness, but here are five I wish I’d known from the start.
The mental part is as hard as the physical part
“There is trauma related to certain aspects of illness or treatment, and fear of outcomes like death or disability,” said Matt Lundquist, LCSW, a psychotherapist in New York. “For many people, there are financial uncertainties of paying for medical care.” Plus, there’s anxiety over loss of autonomy and control, he said…
A therapist should be considered a crucial part of your care team, just as important as a gastroenterologist or cardiologist. “A provider who has experience working with chronic illness is key,” Mr. Lundquist said. “It’s a population whose mental health struggles can be misunderstood.”
Your relationships change
It’s hard to be a good employee when you need extended time off. It’s hard to be a good friend when you cancel plans last minute. It’s hard to be a good partner or parent when you barely have the energy to get out of bed…
Some relationships end entirely, casualties of an unfair and misunderstood illness, while others get stronger as you find your true support system.
But most of all, your relationship with yourself changes. You grieve a version of yourself that doesn’t exist anymore, and a future version that looks different than you’d planned.
You might have to give up career goals, hobbies and family plans, learning a “new normal” in their place. “In trauma therapy we call this ‘integration,’ the task of integrating a new reality into one’s life and worldview,” Mr. Lundquist said…
Everyone offers you advice
Here are a few of the things I’ve been told, unsolicited, to try over the years: yoga, meditation, essential oils, acupuncture, CBD oil, vaping, prayer, bone broth and [fill in the blank with the latest fad] diet. Some of these are great in conjunction with medical treatment — my doctor recommends meditation for stress relief, for example — but the advice is offered as a cure or a better alternative to whatever I’m already doing…
You have to educate yourself — and everyone else
Learning as much as I could helped me feel a sense of control, so I bought every available book and spent hours reading studies and forums online. I made lists of questions for my doctors and insisted they give me their personal phone numbers. I expected my friends and family to be as gung-ho as I was, but turns out, most of them never even Googled my disease. It was up to me to learn and teach — friends, family, bosses, partners — through conversations, books with passages marked, emails highlighting new research, and social media posts.”