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 was diagnosed with multiple myeloma (MM), an incurable blood cancer, 1994. Collateral damage sustained during the conventional therapies I underwent from ’94-’97 have prevented me from sleeping for 8 continuous hours ever since… well, ever since my MM therapies from ’94-’97.
While an irritable bladder is the heart of my sleep issues, the real mind stressor that I live with is the threat of either a relapse of my own cancer, multiple myeloma, or a treatment related secondary CA. Treatment related secondary cancers are the sixth most common cancers in the U.S. today.
Living with uncertainty of any kind is challenging at best, and since I have neither the working knowledge of how to make a good martini nor the belief that such a remedy would work to my body’s benefit, I turn to holistic supplements sometimes to help me sleep. Melatonin, inositol, a Vitamin B complex, is very helpful for calming panic attacks, stress related anxiety, and general restlessness. Getting rid of stress is impossible. We all live complicated lives with little hope for seeing into the future, but a night’s sleep respite from worry is good for the body, the mind, and the soul.
An additional helpful exercise is the Emotional Freedom Technique– a part of acupressure therapy. By stimulating different points on the body, stressful energy is released. I have found it exceptionally helpful, especially when my anxiety clouds my judgement.
I am both a multiple myeloma survivor and MM cancer coach. I have experienced the full range of both conventional and non-conventional cancer therapies. Please watch the free webinar about the Cancer Coaching program that I researched and developed based on living with an incurable cancer since 1994.
“Objective- to describe fatigue, sleep, pain, mood and performance status and the relationships among these variables in 187 patients newly diagnosed with multiple myeloma (MM) and conduct an analysis using the correlates of fatigue…
Results- Patients newly diagnosed with MM presented with fatigue, pain, sleep and mood disturbances, and diminished functional performance. The regression model, which included all of these variables along with age, gender and stage of disease, was statistically significant with a large measure of effect. Mood was a significant individual contributor to the model.
Conclusions- Among patients with MM, fatigue, pain, sleep, mood and functional performance are interrelated.
The Emotional Freedom Technique, or EFT, is the psychological acupressure technique I routinely use in my practice and most highly recommend to optimize your emotional health. Although it is still often overlooked, emotional health is absolutely essential to your physical health and healing – no matter how devoted you are to the proper diet and lifestyle, you will not achieve your body’s ideal healing and preventative powers if emotional barriers stand in your way.
“The biggest obstacle for the women at the retreat was not the willpower to get healthier, nor was it holding a vision of our future selves. What overwhelmed us all was clearing the trauma from less than a month before. We could, after all, still see the plume from the World Trade Towers from the retreat location and there may have even been a hint of the acrid smell of the devastation that was more real than imagined…
Now about tapping for sleep….
One of the more common problems I hear from adults when it comes to getting to sleep is what EFT expert Georgina Noel describes as “busy brain syndrome”. We’ve all experienced it. We haven’t cleared enough space in our day for a peaceful, intentional bedtime ritual that helps us transition to sleep. Or we wake up in the middle of the night after one of our REM (rapid eye movement) cycles and can’t get back to sleep because of our mind is going over an event from the day…
What about waking up in the middle of the night?
We all have those moments when we obsess about how much sleep we’re missing. Experts suggest we get out of bed rather than toss and turn so that the bed is a positive cue that it’s time to sleep.
When this occurs, just tap. You don’t have to know what you’re tapping for, you can simply breathe and tap. If you’re concerned that tapping will wake you up even more because it’s too active, you can imagine you’re tapping. Either visualize it or – if you’re a kinesthetic person, imagine how it feels to tap on the sequence of points…”