When Patrick was first diagnosed with multiple myeloma, he didn’t know what to expect. Now he wants to ensure everyone with multiple myeloma has the critical resources—wherever they are in their disease journey—to take on this difficult-to-treat condition.
There are a multitude of things that may run through someone’s head after a multiple myeloma diagnosis. Patrick was scared, and everything he read added to his sense of dread. Now, he uses his understanding of the condition and educational resources to help other patients advocate for themselves.
When Patrick was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, the implications for him and his family were the first thing that was on his mind. “My main missions in life are to be a good husband, a good father and to help others,” Patrick said.
After his diagnosis, Patrick immediately began attending a support group for cancer patients, then he found a multiple myeloma specific group. The groups have been critical to coping with his condition. He now serves as a coach in his multiple myeloma support group. Part of what helped him cope with harder times was not only the support he has from fellow patients, but also the sense of purpose that supporting other patients as a multiple myeloma coach gives him.
When Patrick was first diagnosed, he didn’t know what to expect. Now he wants to ensure other patients have the critical resources—at all points in their disease progression—to take on multiple myeloma.
One of the things that helped me with my multiple myeloma journey was meeting and interacting with other patients.”