I have developed a nine-point plan that I follow faithfully. This plan has enabled me to feel healthier (both mentally and physically) at 69 than at any time since I stopped playing hockey at age 28.
Following these nine steps has made a dramatic impact on my physical and mental health:
I am thrilled to be entering 18 months of remission and, in the words of my favorite band Chicago, "Feeling stronger every day!" I am convinced that my strict adherence to this plan has been an enormous help in getting me to this point.
I remember back to the day that I heard the magical word that I had prayed on for over a year. It was early February in 2020, and the phone rang with what I hoped would be good news. For once, I was actually correct!
It was my hematologist telling me that I was in fact in remission. I thanked her profusely and jumped for joy (but only as high as a chubby old guy can). I went dancing down the hall, and my wife Susan gave me that quizzical look — as she often does when I am doing something silly. She realized why I was doing it and joined me in a big hug and a good cry.
I realized then and there that I needed and wanted to help other cancer patients feel the unbridled joy that I now felt. In March of 2020, I was honored to be selected as a Myeloma Coach. This was the opportunity I had wanted to give back and help others feel as wonderful as I did.
It has been truly humbling to share my story on dozens of radio interviews, websites, emails, and phone calls. Each time I hear back from someone I have helped, I get a lump in my throat and a warm, fuzzy feeling. I will continue this mission to help my fellow myeloma patients feel better about the journey that they are on.
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