This post is for all my friends, family, colleagues, students and people I come in contact with who don’t understand my necessary obsession with sanitation and cleanliness:
Did you know-
“Multiple Myeloma is a cancer of the immune system, of the plasma cells in the bone marrow. Plasma cells are a type of white blood cells; they are part of the body’s immune system. When they are normal, plasma cells help the body fight disease and infections by producing proteins called antibodies. In Multiple Myeloma, plasma cells become abnormal… therefore compromising the immune system and compromising the body’s ability to fight infections!”
Did you know-
THIS POST IS FOR EVERYONE THAT THINKS I’M:
The reason I have to be the way I am…
IS BECAUSE I WANT TO LIVE!!!
“Definition of Immunocompromised:
“Individuals who are immunocompromised are less capable of battling infections because of an immune response that is not properly functioning. Examples of immunocompromised people are those that are undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy for cancer and/or are in recovery from cancer treatments… Other conditions, such as certain cancers and genetic disorders, can also cause a person to become immunocompromised.”
These therapies break down the tissue of natural infection barriers such as the skin and covering of the gastrointestinal tract. Bacteria and fungi travel through these openings and infect the patient. Many hospital procedures such as finger sticks, bone marrow aspirations, and venipunctures (inserting a needle into a vein) can disrupt barriers put up by the immune system and allow infectious agents to invade the body.
Hospitalization itself may increase the risk of infection. Hospitals tend to be home to more antibiotic-resistant bacteria. This fact is of course a problem for the seriously ill, because they spend a lot of time in the hospital.
Chemotherapy and radiation treatments can harm or destroy white blood cells such as T-cells, B-cells, and Neutrophils — key components of the immune system. These cells help the body recognize infecting agents that invade the body and help protect you from either getting infected or help fight off the infection.
Use of steroids, sometimes prescribed to patients, can weaken the immune system by affecting how the white blood cells work.”
Ok, so there you have it!
Be nice to me
Respect and understand my goal to live
As long as I can
As a semi-healthy, functional person
I hope you never have to experience what I have
I hope you never have to endure what I did
I hope you never have to worry about your health as I do
I hope you never have to be OCD by choice as I am
I hope you always have a super strong, super healthy immune system
And I hope this post helps you understand and appreciate the battle everyone with “their something”, is struggling with and being challenged by! Where’s the bleach and alcohol… bring it on!!! :)
And to complete this post, here’s a wonderful excerpt from my Myeloma girlfriend’s blog, summing up what goes through our minds… almost daily:
“Even though I know relapse is inevitable, it is, obviously, difficult to think of it actually happening. In my imagination I had put it somewhere far off into the future. Relapsing was a vague vision and if I didn’t think about it too much, it seemed like it just might go away. ” (Thank you Carole for stating so exactly, what we all silently think…)
Compelled CLarity My New Reality: Multiple Myeloma Carole Leigh
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