Being a caregiver to a myeloma patient- no matter where they might be in their journey- can add more roles and responsibilities to your already busy schedule. You serve out of love, but there is no denying that "wearing all the hats" that a caregiver brings (chef, note taker, driver, etc.) can become exhausting.
Hear from fellow caregiver Maci Chance as she shares what roles she carries and how she does her best to manage them. Then share with the group what's helped you the most in your myeloma journey. By joining together and sharing what helps us, we can strengthen the Myeloma Caregiver Community.
Audrey introduces the agenda of the event and featured speaker Maci Chance.
Maci Chance shares what roles she carries and how she does her best to manage them.
Tad was diagnosed with Stage 2 IgG Kappa Multiple Myeloma in August 2021 at the age of 47. Tad underwent 3 1/2 rounds of induction therapy (cut short by Velcade induced neuropathy) and a Stem Cell Transplant in December 2021. Maci dove head first into the role of caregiver, educating herself, organizing medical records, and acted as an advocate for Tad's care. In March of 2022 Tad achieved Very Good Partial Remission. Between us we have 5 children ages ranging from 16 to 21. We maintained a grounded approach to supporting them through the diagnosis and treatment. We continue to learn and grow as we adjust to life with Multiple Myeloma and continue on this entire journey with informed optimism. We have faced hard things, we will continue to face them, but we intend to find gratitude and presence along the way. We would love to support others on their journey with Multiple Myeloma.
Audrey joined the HealthTree Foundation as the Myeloma Community Program Director in 2020. While not knowing much about myeloma at the start, she has since worked hard to educate herself, empathize and learn from others' experiences. She loves this job. Audrey is passionate about serving others, loves learning, and enjoys a nice mug of hot chocolate no matter the weather.
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