31st October – Happy Halloween!
“We are concerned with your high para protein levels” and they are investigating the possibility of me having Multiple Myeloma.
“Multiple what?” I asked, being completely oblivious to what this condition was! Telling them “It doesn’t matter. Whatever it is, I’ll deal with it!” However, deep down, we were looking for every possible reason to explain the high blood proteins.
One lumber puncture for a bone marrow sample and three days later it was official. All the test confirmed I actually had Multiple Myeloma.
Myeloma, also known as Multiple Myeloma, is a blood cancer arising from plasma cells. At any one time there are around 17,500 people living with Myeloma in the UK. It accounts for 15 per cent of blood cancers, and two per cent of all cancers. Myeloma mainly affects those over the age of 65, however it has been diagnosed in people much younger.
The power of thought! Affirmations
I believe in affirmations! At the age of 13 my first affirmation came to me. It stated “It doesn’t matter what health challenges I have to face up to in life, the advances in medical science will keep me fit and healthy for a long, fruitful, active and happy life”
So, having been given my diagnosis, I laughed and said “Well that’s me cashing in my first affirmation,” and since every other affirmation has come in every peculiar way, this affirmation was going to be no different! It’s just part of the journey of life; the challenges that we have to face.
Having come through the past 6 years of business stresses and strains at the control of others, and succeeding against the odds, I just knew I could meet the challenges ahead. Firstly, however, I would have to overcome my fears and phobias; needles, cancer, immortality and illness.
After all, I do work in an industry that I passionately believe in and witness such inspirational people and their journeys! At 51 I was now living and experiencing everyday challenges a lot of the general public have to go through. Mine would be a journey of discovery that I would ultimately succeed. Your mind speaks your body and failure was not an option!
How lucky are we as a nation to have such a wonderful National Health Service and great people who also share immense passion and knowledge in healing?!!
Part 4 coming soon!