The Stages of Multiple Myeloma
Taking Care of Your Emotional Needs
Even though your needs are greater when you have cancer, it can be hard to ask for help to meet those needs. To get the help you need, think about turning to:
- Family and friends
- Others who also have cancer
- People you meet in support groups
- People from your spiritual or religious community
- Health care providers
No one needs to face cancer alone. When people with cancer seek and receive help from others, they often find it easier to cope. You may find it hard to ask for or accept help. After all, you are used to taking care of yourself. Maybe you think that asking for help is a sign of weakness. Or perhaps you do not want to let others know that some things are hard for you to do. All these feelings are normal.
As one man with cancer said:
“I had always been the strong one. Now I had to turn to others for help. It wasn’t easy at first, but the support of others helped me get through a lot of hard times.”
For more information, visit our Multiple Myeloma Health Center.
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.
DISCLAIMER: This information is intended for educational purposes. EBSCO is in no way liable for the use of this information and makes no warranty or guarantee as to its accuracy.
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About 20,520 cases of multiple myeloma are diagnosed each year in the U.S., according to the American Cancer Society.
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