September 20, is Nationl Take Someone to the Doctor Day. Be a friend, save a life. Dr. Melanie Barton- Host of Voice America THE DR. MELANIE SHOW- has started treatment. She collected information and educated herself on multiple myeloma BEFORE she met with specialists, and was able to self advocate a course of treatment that was right for her. Dr. Melanie has given me her permission to share this story with everyone. It may be a way to save another life-one person at at time. http://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/56364/surviving-and-conquering-cancer/ See More Surviving and Conquering Cancer | VoiceAmerica™ www.voiceamerica.com
Myeloma occurs when cancerous plasma cells take up room in the bone marrow cavity and don’t allow the bone marrow to produce anti-bodies to fight common illness like the cold virus. Multiple myeloma is the appearance of many of these cancerous areas in the bones.
Symptoms of Multiple Myeloma:
Some people with multiple myeloma have many symptoms while others may not have any. Some of the most common symptoms include:
Bone pain, especially in your back Feeling very tired A low grade fever Weight loss Infection Pale complexion
The symptoms listed above may be symptoms of other medical problems, or just natural occurrences associated with, physical labor, stress or other life changes. The warning sign that all may not be well is persistence. Prolonged symptoms may be your body speaking to you. Listen and respond.
Talk to your health care provider about any questions you may have regarding your particular situation. Self advocate until you are heard and get an acceptable response from the medical community.
Approximately 60,000 people in the United States have multiple myeloma and more than 20,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. Research has made wonderful progress in treating myeloma and multiple myeloma.
Dr. Melanie contacted me after our interview to say she had known something was wrong with her health for weeks before our program and sought medical advice, but the doctors kept sending her home with a clean bill of health. After our interview, she returned to the hospital and refused to take “Go home, you’re healthy,” as an answer and DEMANDED a different set of tests. She self-advocated and got the tests she needed to prove she knew her body. She was right, the doctors and first tests they had relied on were wrong.
Our hearts and prayers are with you Dr. Melanie and we wish you a quick recovery. Here is the link to the radio interview just days before she was diagnosed.
Cancer patients often do not want to talk about their illness. Dr Rabbi Ed Weinsberg prostate cancer survivor and Kathleen O’Keefe two-time cancer survivor not only talk about it, but believe the patient must be educated and utilize his or her intuition. Listen to their stories…See More Surviving and Conquering Cancer | VoiceAmerica™ www.voiceamerica.com Cancer patients often do not want to talk about their illness. Dr Rabbi Ed Weinsberg prostate cancer survivor and Kathleen O’Keefe two-time cancer survivor not only talk about it, but believe the patient must be educated and utilize his or her intuition. Listen to their stories…