This period of “Survivorship” is
not something I was expecting, in fact, I didn't know it existed. After the last two years of battling multiple myeloma and finally finishing treatment for now, I found myself feeling completely at loose ends and somewhat depressed.
I haven’t had much mental energy or real interest in doing anything. I would have thought I would be jumping for joy! However, that was not the case. This led me to begin seeing a counselor at the Providence Regional Cancer
Partnership and she has helped me make sense of my thoughts and feelings. Some of my thoughts have included: What now? How did this happen? What’s next? Can I manage without weekly clinic visits? Are they watching me closely enough?
a patient has been through a long battle with cancer, it is hard to know
how to feel when one gets to the point where treatment is no longer
needed and is replaced with close monitoring, “surveillance” as my
oncologist calls it. Right now,
I am seeing my oncologist once a month and I am having zometa infusions each time I see him. One thing I do
know, is that multiple myeloma comes back, unlike some cancers. It could
be next week, next month, next year or even several years from now.
Recently, I have been reliving the stages
of my stem cell transplant since it has been a year since it all happened. It
is difficult to look back on those experiences and it makes me quite emotional as I sometimes find myself
feeling pretty tearful. I am not sure why. I guess it is just hard to think
about what has happened. I am NOT
feeling sorry for myself and I have
never thought, “Why me?” Instead, I have
always had the thought, “Why not me?” because no
one is immune from this disease.