I have written in the past that one of the best things your could do is to become your own best advocate, and that knowledge is Power and can SAVE LIFE for the multiple myeloma patient. Support Group membership is one of the key ways to obtain this knowledge, and I wrote a blog post called, Multiple Myeloma Support Group Members DO have a longer Life Expectancy and Improved Survival Rate! But is it the chicken and the egg? In my research for this article I had found that the Support Group leaders reported a life expectancy 2.2 times greater than that reported by the National Cancer Institute. But there is one huge caveat, and that is that support groups are not always available in your area, or you do now live in an area with a patient population that can support a group. What do you do? Travel 200 miles to a meeting? Well now you can join an on line support group that has it’s very first meeting on May 15th at 6:00 pm EST. You can still sign up for this support group meeting if you just email Priya Menon of Cure Talk at her email address: email@example.com . So you can be anywhere in the world and you can be a member of an outstanding support Group. Pat Killingsworth, author and advocate, has been all over the United States giving presentations at support groups, and has assembled what he believes is an exceptional leadership group for these meetings.
You can read all about this on line support group in more detail if you just CLICK HERE! A short bio for each of the Support Group Meeting Leaders is below for your convenience.
Myeloma Beacon columnist and blogger, Pat was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in April 2007 at age 51. Pat is an author of four myeloma books Pat’s books include, Living with Multiple Myeloma, Stem Cell Transplants-A Patient’s Perspective, and New Multiple Myeloma Therapies, and Financial Aid for Myeloma Patients and Caregivers. To book your copy of Pat’s latest book, click here. Pat also maintains two blogs, Living with Multiple Myeloma and Help with Cancer.
Sandy Hirsch of Charlotte, NC was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma in August of 2009. Sandy and her husband, David, started a myeloma support group in 2010, the first in Charlotte.
Caregiver Sue VanDuyn has been married to Harold for almost 24 years. Harold was diagnosed three years ago with MM, had a stem cell transplant in September, 2010, and has been in stringent CR ever since the transplant. With the help of the Int’l Myeloma Foundation, Sue and Harold started a myeloma support group for the West Michigan area in June, 2011. Sue volunteers for the International Myeloma Foundation (IMF) as a caregiver advocate and travels to Dallas, Texas each July to assist the IMF at their annual Support Group Summit.
Hope you enjoy this meeting, and learn a lot. As always may God Bless your Myeloma journey. Gary Petersenfirstname.lastname@example.org
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