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Patience: Accepting That Control Requires Self-Care

Posted on April 16, 2019

"A waiting person is a patient person." - Henri J.M. Nouwen


Argh! Have you ever felt impatient at a red light, or irritated at the end of a long line for your prescription at the pharmacy? You're not alone.

Patience can feel scarce when you don't have control over a situation. It can feel like myeloma interrupted your life and brought a slew of frustrations at the worst moments. Finding a tiny bit of control can bring us patience later.


Control might look like self-care: a walk around the block, getting up early for 15 minutes of alone time, spending time each week encouraging others who have myeloma or starting a gratitude journal. Don't let anyone (including yourself!) make you feel guilty for taking care of yourself.


Here are some conversations on MyMyelomaTeam about patience:

"I woke up to a glorious sunrise over the Detroit River. It was shining directly into my bedroom window. I feel energized and spectacular! What a difference a day makes."

"Today was a good day, sunny and beautiful."

"Enjoying a beautiful spring day. Feeling good and hopeful. Trying to learn more about this and being in this group is so helpful."

Have you found ways to take back control and practice patience? What do you do to be more open to self-care? Share your insights in the comments below or directly on MyMyelomaTeam.com.

A MyMyelomaTeam Member said:

DonnaAndrew that was a rude tech. I probably would have reported him/her to someone. My time is just as valuable as his/hers. That’s true particularly if you have to depend on someone else for… read more

edited, originally posted 5 months ago

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