Stem cell transplant

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! 🙂

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1 Response to Stem cell transplant

  1. Jet, sweetheart, I can’t get my head round all this. I’ve read what I can but I take take in the details about symptoms and treatments, I guess because it reminds me of having been so terribly ill not so long ago, and I just can’t deal with being reminded. But the one thing I can say is that I recognise your description of the debilitating shock. So maybe we can relate to each other’s experience on that level. Anyway, I would have phoned you today if I could find your phone number. Maybe it’s best if you call me at a time that suits you. I know the way to deal with shock is to keep talking about it, to whoever will listen; and I’m prepared to try and understand the best I can. Much love to you, from Rachel.

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