Informed decisions about your health care is important to your quality of life, and your survival. To make these decisions easier for you, we have compiled a list of suggested questions, as a starting point, to help you learn more about your cancer, your care, and your treatment. We encourage you to visit other websites, cancer support groups, but most importantly, talk to your doctor and health team. Feel free to print this list of questions, and bring it to your appointment.
Because appointments can often be brief, and because there is typically a lot of ground to cover when you are with your treatment plan medical team, it is a good idea to be well prepared. Here's what you can do to prepare beforehand.
Note the symptoms that you are experiencing. If you have had signs and symptoms of illness or are just not feeling well, write those details down along with when you first noticed them. List your other medical conditions. Include any and all prescription, or over-the-counter, medications that you are taking, as well as all vitamins, supplements, and herbal remedies.
Take a family member or friend along with you since it can be difficult to remember all of the information provided during an appointment. Someone who accompanies you may remember something that you missed, or forgot. Don't be afraid, or embarrassed to surround yourself with a support system, and stay positive. Stress and anxiety are not helpful attributes when it comes to coordinating a treatment plan for you.
Informed decisions about your health care are important to your quality of life, and your survival. To make these decisions easier for you, here are 12 additional questions, to you to help you learn more about your cancer, your care, and your treatment plan. We encourage you to visit other websites, cancer support groups, but most importantly, talk to your doctor and his medical team. Be vocal, be prepared, and be a part of your plan.
We, too, have been affected by multiple myeloma. Either as patients, or caregivers to loved ones. When you are first diagnosed everything can disorienting, confusing, difficult, and quite possibly all of the above. If you, a family member, or a friend has been affected by multiple myeloma, we will be here for you. No one has to face the cancer journey alone. We've been there, and can help.
We understand that support groups aren't for everybody, but here you'll find valuable information and education, a friends you can talk to, friends that can advocate for you when you're not feeling up to it, friends who are here to help you navigate your process, or at least help point you in the right direction, which we hope will make a difference for you, and for us.
On this page you will find the contact information for some of our members, if you want to talk to someone who's been right where you are today.
Bernice & Gerry Parrott