It’s important to remember that it’s common for a person with multiple myeloma to go through periods of response to treatment and periods of relapse. While it is normal to be concerned about relapse, these feelings can sometimes get in the way of your being able to enjoy and appreciate life.
Taking these actions can help you cope with your feelings about relapse.
Express your feelings. Ignoring your feelings won’t make them go away. Acknowledge how you’re feeling by talking with a mental health professional or a close friend or family member. You can also keep a journal or express yourself creatively through art or music.
Find support. Joining a support group, especially with other people with multiple myeloma, can help by allowing you to connect with others experiencing the same emotions. Support groups are available both in person and online.
Keep busy. Find healthy ways to keep busy, like regular exercise. Try participating in activities that bring you joy, like hobbies or spending time with family and friends.
Be aware. Knowing that there is currently no cure for multiple myeloma means that relapse is likely. Stay alert to changes in your body that might be symptoms of disease. Also, try to follow advances as new treatment options become available.
Keep your appointments. Continue to attend your regular appointments so that your care team can monitor your potential disease activity. Knowing your care team is looking out for you can provide peace of mind.