Living with multiple myeloma is physically and mentally taxing. Your ability to help others, to give, is restricted. What if you could give while receiving at the same time?
The closed Facebook group called Beating Myeloma can help you and other MMers every time you post or reply to a comment, any comment. Large or small. Simple or complex. The Facebook group is closed so that no one reads or replies who hasn’t been approved by me.
My name is David Emerson. I was diagnosed with MM in early 1994. I am a MM survivor, cancer coach and I moderate Beating Myeloma. I reply to all posts on Beating Myeloma with an experience/evidenced based reply as best I can. Other members of the group can reply to your post as well. Research shows that knowledgable cancer patients make better treatment decisions and live better, longer lives.
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, let me say this loud and clear:
It is critical that you become an active participant in your care. Learn everything you can.
I am alive today largely because I took the time to find out everything I could about Multiple Myeloma and sought out the full spectrum of evidence-based MM therapies both conventional (FDA approved) and non-conventional.
Please watch the video below to learn more about the evidence-based, integrative therapies to combat treatment side effects and enhance your chemotherapy.
According to the article linked below, your mental and physical health benefits from helping others. As a long term cancer survivor myself, I can tell you that talking about MM helps other MMers- no matter what stage the MMer is in.
“Research shows why it’s physically better for us to give than receive.
During a recent study, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh gave 45 volunteers an option: They could complete a task that benefited themselves, a charity, or a particular friend in need.
Afterwards, a brain scan showed a noticeable — and fascinating — difference based on their choice.
Not only did the participants who chose to help a particular person display increased activity in two “reward centers” of their brain, but they had decreased activity in three other regions that help inform the body’s physical response to stress through blood pressure and inflammation.
A second study from the University of Pittsburgh, this time utilizing nearly 400 volunteers who were asked to self-report their “giving” habits, showed similar results.
“Humans are born especially vulnerable and dependent on others,” explained Tristen Inagaki, PhD, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Pittsburgh who led both studies. “As a result, we require a prolonged period of intense caregiving following birth in order to survive.”
That instinctive desire to help others may depend on those specific areas of the brain. They guarantee more supportive behavior.
“The same mechanisms that ensure giving to others may also contribute to the long-term health effects we see from giving,” said Inagaki.
And there are plenty.
People who volunteer get sick less often and live longer.
Helping has also been shown to improve a person’s self-esteem, foster a rosier view of the world, decrease risky or problematic behaviors, and stave off depression.
Plus, the more you help others, the more you want to keep helping.