Providing Support

Providing Support

This article can help you understand how you can provide emotional support to someone with multiple myeloma (MM), and how you can help with everyday tasks.

KEY POINTS

  1. A caregiver plays many roles in the journey of someone with MM. Staying positive, having patience, and keeping an open mind can help
  2. You are an important part of the healthcare team

Providing Emotional Support

Being diagnosed with MM or finding out that MM has come back again can be very stressful. The person you’re caring for may not know how to talk about it. And you may not know exactly what kind of emotional support he or she needs. Staying positive, having patience, and keeping an open mind can help. 

Here are some tips that may help you provide emotional support:

  • Be practical about what your loved one can deal with
  • Be understanding when he or she is no longer able to do something
  • Provide encouragement and be there to listen
  • Make sure the person with MM knows how important he or she is to you
  • Let him or her set the tone and topic of conversation when talking about MM
  • Help locate a local patient support group
  • Help the person you’re caring for stay positive

Helping With Everyday Tasks

A caregiver plays many roles in the journey of someone with MM. And that role can change from one day to the next. At times you might feel like a chauffeur, nurse, cheering section, administrative assistant, or counselor. There might be several people to fill these different roles, or you may be the only one.

Each time MM comes back, the person you’re caring for may be less able and have less energy to go about his or her daily life. Therefore, helping him or her with everyday tasks becomes even more important.

Some activities you—or others—may be able to help with include:

  • Driving to doctor visits and errands like grocery shopping
  • Managing schedules and appointments
  • Helping with personal care, such as dressing, bathing, and feeding
  • Assisting with at-home tasks, such as preparing meals, cleaning, and doing yard work
  • Understanding insurance coverage and paying medical expenses
  • Performing medical care at home, like giving medications and watching for side effects

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