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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You’ve been diagnosed with an incurable blood cancer called multiple myeloma (MM). You wondering what therapies beyond conventional or FDA approved chemo or radiation can help. Evidence-based mind-body therapies have helped me manage my MM since my diagnosis in early 1994.
The definition of mind-body therapy in cancer care is broad and deep. Perhaps too broad and deep. Most people suspect that the mind plays a role in cancer care but the problem has always been that medical science refuses to study and understand this role. MM patients, survivors and caregivers are left to their own thoughts and feelings about how their mind might play a role in their cancer care.
My own MM survivor journey into mind-body therapy and my cancer has run the gamut over the past 25 plus years from talk therapy, moderate daily exercise, massage, supplementation, and Martin Seligman’s “explanatory style” and the study of positive psychology (I’m not a cheerful person…). Like most of my therapy history I have tried lots and lots of things. Though I still exhibit symptoms of PTSD and OCD.
I manage my multiple myeloma pretty well. Like nutrition, supplementation and other lifestyle therapies that I pursue on a daily basis, I consider mind-body therapy to be essential and just one more aspect of what MM survivors need for long term health.
While I cannot provide evidence-based research about every type of mind-body therapy I will say that ALL cancer patients and survivors must “get their mind right (remember the warden in the movie Cool Hand Luke?).
The articles linked below talk about therapies such as mindfulness mediation, yoga, aromatherapy, hypnosis, spirituality and others. Conventional oncology is beginning to study the mind-body connection and cancer. Mind-body therapy is one of those therapies that is in it’s wild-west phase.
I am both a long-term MM survivor of and a MM cancer coach. To learn more about evidence-based but non-conventional therapies like mind-body therapy, scroll down the page, post a question or a comment and I will reply to you ASAP.
“Summary: For the first time, researchers have shown that practicing mindfulness meditation or being involved in a support group has a positive physical impact at the cellular level in breast cancer survivors…”
“Aromatherapy, yoga, and other methods used in cancer care to improve the mind’s capacity to affect bodily functions and symptoms.
“Spirituality isn’t limited to religious tradition. It can also include meditation, mindfulness, and related practices that help us connect with the moment and with others. Cancer can be a challenging and demanding experience for patients and their families. For many people, spirituality or faith provides a source of support and comfort in this time.”