I was a 49 year-old father of five adolescent kids with a demanding job and a time-consuming commute when I was diagnosed with MM in 2003. That news, delivered clumsily by my hematologist, left me shell-shocked in his waiting room for over an hour. Nothing gets your attention like a mid-life reminder of your mortality.
Several organizations offer mentoring opportunities as a way that we can help each other through the multiple myeloma journey. Patients can sign up to have another, experienced patient serve as a mentor. And experienced patients can learn how they can use their experience to mentor other patients.