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Living w/ Post-Cancer Fear As a Myeloma Survivor-

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Today, there are 16.9 million cancer survivors in the U.S., and 64 percent of them are 65 or older. How can they best manage post-cancer fear generated by the disease?

I’ve been living with post-cancer fear since I reached remission from my cancer in early 1999.

Considering that my cancer, multiple myeloma, is an incurable cancer, with an average life expectancy of 5.5 years, I’ve got a lot to worry about.  I’ve gotten pretty good at managing my fear. Don’t get me wrong. I still hit the ceiling if my son or my wife walks into the room when I’m not expecting it. I chalk this up to a cancer survivor’s post traumatic stress (PTSD).

I believe that my lifestyle, day in and day out, keeps me myeloma-free. And that working at living my anti-MM lifestyle helps me cope with post-cancer fear. I have researched dozens of non-toxic myeloma therapies. Most are lifestyle therapies such as nutrition and detoxification. Eating a specific diet, specific nutritional supplementation, daily moderate exercise, even my sleep-all enable me to feel like I’m in complete remission because of my regimen.

I’m sure that many people reading this post will role their eyes at what I’m saying. My brother-in-law is a board certified hemotologist-oncologist. Kevin is a blood cancer doctor. The kind of cancer doctor that takes care of people like me. Though Kevin has never roled his eyes at me, I know that he can’t explain how I’ve lived since my original MM diagnosis in early 1994.

When conventional oncology can’t explain something they chalk it up to “spontaneous remission.” I’m rolling my eyes…

Considering I underwent a great deal of chemo and radiation only to respond, relapse, respond and relapse, I have a very difficult time thinking I then spontaneousely reached complete remission.

But that’s not the reason for this post. I’m writing this post because of the article linked and excerpted below. Not only do I not live under a dark cloud, but I like my post-cancer life.

PeopleBeatingCancer, blogging, cancer coaching, all have become my purpose in life.

Are you living with post-cancer fear? To learn more about evidence-based, non-toxic therapies scroll down the page, post a question or comment and I will reply to you ASAP.

Thanks-

David Emerson

  • Cancer Survivor
  • Cancer Coach
  • Director PeopleBeatingCancer

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How to Cope With Post-Cancer Fear

“You get cancer. You get it fixed. After treatment ends, you get something new: a black cloud that can follow you around for decades. Is this normal?

“Data from the National Cancer Institute show that up to twenty five percent of cancer survivors experience some symptoms of depression and forty five percent experience anxiety,” Schapira says. “To put that in perspective, about twenty percent of veterans that served in Iraq or Afghanistan suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder…”

Today, there are 16.9 million cancer survivors in the U.S., and 64 percent of them are 65 or older. How can they best manage fears generated by the disease?

Tips for Reducing Stress After Cancer

Cancer.Net, the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s patient information site, lists other strategies for reducing the stress that comes with worrying about cancer recurrence, including:

  • spending time with family and friends
  • focusing on hobbies and activities you enjoy
  • exercising regularly

The Mental Part is Harder than the Physical Part’

After treatment ends, many cancer survivors feel “pushed out the door with no safety net, and that’s when they want to know if the cancer will come back…

Any unexplained pain makes me worry, though I know I could have pulled something at the gym or picking up the big suitcase I traveled with at Christmas,” my friend says. “I had no idea what it would be like to have this constant fear. Usually, I try to distract myself, but the mental part of having cancer is harder than the physical part.””

 

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