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