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You’ll likely need your support network now more than ever. Here are some tips to help you form a strong foundation:

Find out who can help with what

When facing multiple myeloma (MM), it can take a village to get through things like appointments and regimens. Your friends and family may be willing to help while also providing emotional support. Reach out and ask who can help with different tasks.

Prepare yourself for shifting dynamics

Some friends might have difficulty handling your MM. This is not a reflection on you, nor does it mean they don’t love and care for you. They may not be able to give you what you need right now. If this is the case, consider reaching out to a therapist for your emotional needs. Many hospitals and treatment centers also have social workers on staff who give free counseling.

Be open about what you need

It’s okay to be honest with your friends about when you need extra support or don’t want to talk. Consider coming up with a shorthand to communicate what you need. Something as simple as texting “Help/MM” can let your friends know you want to talk.

Some loved ones may be unclear about how to help

If you know people who want to help but aren’t sure how, this article from This Is Living With Cancer™ may provide some direction.
How to help your loved one during treatment 
Protecting the connection between yourself and your family
MM is deeply personal; that's why family is often the first place you turn to for help. And depending on your family dynamic, you might find that their support reminds you just how capable you are.
However, these relationships may change over time. MM can place added stress on:
You Your Partner Your Children
As you begin to navigate your new roles, it’s important to keep an open dialogue between yourself and your family. If you’re open to it, a therapist or counselor could help.
When is a therapist helpful? You or a loved one may struggle with the anxieties and difficult emotions of having cancer. A therapist or family counselor may be able to help you navigate those sensitive conversations. Some providers offer specialized counseling for people with cancer.
How can I find a therapist? 
Psychology Today provides a searchable database of therapists who focus on treating people living with cancer.
Find a cancer therapist in your area
Make time for yourself
It’s important to practice self-care whenever possible. Things like yoga, meditation, and proper nutrition can all play an important role in keeping yourself in shape physically, mentally, and spiritually. 
View the International Myeloma Foundation guide for maintaining mind & body wellness.
Let's recap
  • Find people within your support network who can help with certain tasks 
  • Be prepared for possible changes in your relationships with family and friends
  • You or your family members may find that a therapist or your hospital’s support counselor can help with your emotional needs

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