TEN STEPS TO STRESS CONTROL - FROM FEAR TO HOPE
- Be open to the idea that stress reduction is achievable and is a worthwhile objective.
- Identify non-cancer-related stresses in your life that may be having a negative impact, such as worry about children or your job.
- Use a scale of 1 - 10 (1 being lowest/10 highest) to assess your stress levels.
Assess your level of stress
Was the level of stress significant enough to have had a negative health impact?
- at the time preceding your diagnosis.
- at the time the myeloma became active.
- during a stem cell transplant.
- Assess the level of stress you experience when you are fearful.
- As you await test results to see if treatment is working.
- When you are worried about relapse.
- When you are starting a new type of therapy.
- Talk to your doctor about your options. Be honest with your doctor, and don’t be afraid to get a second or third opinion if needed.
- Reduce stress where you can. This might call for drastic steps—don’t be afraid to
- Change your job.
- Move if necessary.
- Amend your lifestyle.
- Let others help you. It will help them feel better too.
- Have confidence that the treatment will work!
- Myeloma can be controlled.
- Myeloma can be a “chronic” disease.
- Novel therapies and new approaches to treatment do work.
- Long term survival is feasible.
- Be open to the healing power of hope—it is right there for you:
- From your fellow patients who are doing well,
- From your doctor,
- From your nurse,
- From within yourself.
- From the IMF!
- Turn to the IMF for information and guidance.
- Call the Hotline: 800/452-CURE (2873)
- Go to the website: myeloma.org
- Use the free IMF publications to guide you