Thank you to all who have already enlisted. Many of you have asked what it is you can specifically do to help. Captain Kate and I are working together on a battle plan but meanwhile the best thing you can do is learn as much as you possibly can about the enemy.
By following the link below to Myeloma UK you will find a wealth of information.
The best place I think is the Myeloma TV which shows short films made by doctors, patients and researchers all giving clear explanations as to what Myeloma actually is, the stem cell transplant, what to expect in the recovery period and about the latest research.
Some of you have also asked me about fundraising and there are lots of ideas on the Myeloma website. Perhaps there is one (or two) of you out there who would be willing to take up the role of Fundraising Officer. Someone who could enthuse us all and point us in the right direction. Someone who knows how to put the FUN into fundraising.
As for day to day living I need to keep myself as physically and mentally healthy as possible. This is a challenge in itself as already my body is feeling the effects of the regrouping cancer cells, with various aches and pains and the return of the dreaded fatigue. Keeping up beat when you know what lies ahead is not a walk in the park but lying around crying and feeling sorry for myself will help no one but the enemy. I need to find things to keep me smiling and mentally active.
One thing that is helping at the moment is a piece of work I have been given. I have been asked to produce some booklets for the children’s mental health service I used to work for. This will not only help financially but to keep me focused on something other than this dreadful cancer.
I shall also try and find some fun things to look forward to like maybe having a regular visit to my local spa (I wonder if cancer patients get reduced rates?) or going on a theatre trip, a weekend away or just catching up with friends.
Writing this blog helps too so thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment.
Just knowing you are there helps more than you can imagine.