I won’t be ready for a stem cell transplant for some months yet. I think they wait until the drugs I’m currently taking have made sufficient impact on the myeloma cells.
I am also not emotionally ready to really face this particular part of the treatment process. I am addressing it intellectually, peeking at it from behind my hands, but for now I’m just not ready.
But, if anyone wants to know more about it, there is a PDF leaflet published by Myeloma UK, which you can download and read from this web page: http://www.myeloma.org.uk/intro-to-myeloma/what-is-myeloma/how-is-it-treated/. Just click on the link to ‘High-dose chemotherapy and stem cell transplantation’.
And I have just found an American website called Patient Power which has a lot of what seems to be very up-to-date information on it, including this very hopeful video: http://www.patientpower.info/program/living-a-full-and-active-life-with-myeloma/player/0#
Lastly, my new T’ai Chi teacher, who has recovered from breast cancer herself, advised me today that cancer hates oxygen… and loves sugar, so here I go breathing again! 🙂