The herculean efforts of so many people and organizations to help myeloma patients like me survive this rare cancer have been both humbling and gratifying. Though the campaign moves on slowly, we have witnessed incremental advances in treatment in the last several years. Without these dedicated people serving on the various fronts, the war against myeloma would be lost.
But battling myeloma as a patient is anything but easy. If left unchecked, the various stresses encountered can be debilitating both emotionally and physically. The depression, fear, pain, and uncertainty for many sufferers are all too real.
Now, I am not a myeloma expert. I only truly know the depth and breadth of my own experience. But sensing a more-than-formidable foe early on, I made a conscious choice to plant my flag, to take a stand and not let myeloma so easily have the upper hand with me. It’s more than just positive thinking. It is a call to action.
These concepts may not be what you would practice while dealing with myeloma. That’s certainly okay. It is your choice. Whatever you do, please don’t let myeloma totally define you. Celebrate the uniqueness that you bring to the world. Keep fighting, and stay connected!
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