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Finding Moments of Gratitude with Multiple Myeloma

Posted on May 28, 2019



Undergoing treatment for multiple myeloma (MM) can be a physical, mental, and emotional trial for the person with MM and their support community. Finding moments of gratitude amidst the challenges of illness and treatment can support your mental wellbeing and help you stay motivated.

Gratitude for Simple Pleasures

Some MyMyelomaTeam members have found a new appreciation for simple pleasures as a result of their illness. “I love being outdoors, and am so grateful that I can still get out and do what I love,” one member wrote.

Another member shared, “I was able to get out of the house and go to the movies. I am grateful for my good days.”

Gratitude for Another Day

For some members, an unexpected side effect of multiple myeloma is gratitude for each new day. One member wrote: “Aside from the physical discomfort, having MM has been a blessing. My focus is on family, friends, and living each day to its fullest. I’ve probably done more this past year to live each day to its fullest than ever before.”

“I know the bittersweet feeling of waking up with the realization of ‘I have cancer’ and then grateful I get to enjoy another day,” a member wrote in response to a teammate. “I'm currently a few months into remission and have a deeper appreciation for the things in life. I hope you feel better soon and just enjoy every day we have.”

Gratitude for Healthcare

Members express gratitude for healthcare, even though treatment can be difficult or painful. One spouse wrote, “My wife is now up to three transfusions of blood and platelets a week now. We are so grateful for all those who donate because I don't know where we would be without the transfusions.”

“I am blessed to have excellent health care providers,” a member wrote. “I think of them as angels without wings. I am blown away by the dedication and devotion of those from whom I’m receiving treatment.”

Gratitude for Progress

Looking back on their treatment experience, some members find appreciation for the progress they’ve made. “I look back to when I was first diagnosed: I couldn't bathe myself or dress myself because it hurt so bad,” a member wrote. “Look at me now. 😞😊😊😊💪🏾💪🏾 I am normal almost. The treatment worked so well!”

Gratitude for Support

Members are thankful for their friends, family, and team members on MyMyelomaTeam. “I’m grateful for this site that lets us share our story so we will be able to help one another,” a member wrote.

A member added, “I am so blessed you have a team of friends that know what it feels like to have this disease. I’m inspired by all of you. Let’s keep it going.”

On MyMyelomaTeam, the social network and online support group for those living with myeloma, members talk about a range of personal experiences and struggles. Gratitude is one of the most discussed topics.

 

Here are some conversations about gratitude:
 

 

What are you grateful for? Share your thoughts on MyMyelomaTeam.com.

 

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