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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Therefore I consider dealing with the fear of relapse like dealing with any of my other collateral damage. While I agree with the article linked and excerpted below in general, I firmly disagree with the first bold sentence below.
I am not saying that multiple myeloma survivors can control their risk of relapse. We can however, reduce the risk of relapse. In fact, low-dose maintenance therapy has been shown to reduce a MM survivor’s risk of relapse.
To summarize- I practice mind-body therapies to help me live with aka survive multiple myeloma and I live an evidence-based, anti-MM lifestyle which also helps me survive multiple myeloma.
I am both a MM survivor and MM coach. For more information about mind-body therapies and cancer, scroll down the page, post a question or a comment and I will reply ASAP.
“The end of cancer treatment can bring both relief and worry. You may be relieved that your treatment is finally over and pleased that your cancer is in remission (the temporary or permanent absence of cancer). However, you may also feel worried, anxious, or fearful that your cancer may recur (come back).
Cancer recurrence is the return of cancer after a period when no cancer cells could be detected in the body. The fear of recurrence is normal and reasonable for cancer survivors, especially during the first few years your cancer is in remission. It is important to remember that although you cannot control whether your cancer recurs, you can control how much you let the fear of recurrence affect your life.
Tips for coping
• Living With Uncertainty: The Fear of Cancer Recurrence. (2103) American Cancer Society. Retrieved on February 14, 2014, from http://www.cancer.org/acs/groups/cid/documents/webcontent/002014-pdf.pdf
• Ness, Sheryl M., RN. (2011). Living with cancer blog: Fear of cancer recurrence is normal. Mayo Clinic. Retrieved on February 14, 2014, from http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/cancer/expert-blog/cancer-recurrence/bgp-20056377
• (2013). Common Breast-Cancer-Related Fears. BreastCancer.org. Retrieved on February 14, 2014, from http://www.breastcancer.org/symptoms/understand_bc/fears/common_fears
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