Pat Killingsworth Pat Killingsworth

Our readers continue to make useful contributions…

One of our regular readers, Justin, recently forwarded me a link to a helpful drug pricing site:  Rx Savings Solutions.

There is no charge to use this money saving format.  Thanks for the heads-up, Justin!

Janie and Richard both forwarded me this link to a Patient Power video about new, experimental anti-myeloma therapies:

Update on the Drug Development Pipeline for Myeloma

 

The first draft of my latest book, New Myeloma Therapies from a Patient’s Perspective, has just gone to editing–and should be available sometime in March.

Like the video clip above, my book focuses on new, experimental anti-myeloma therapies which may help patients like us most in the next two or three years.

Thanks for passing this helpful link along to us, Janie and Richard!

I also receive emails from readers with specific Rx advice–examples of drugs or supplements which may help control peripheral neuropathy or other myeloma related symptoms.

This week, Tim sent me information about an anti-depression/anxiety drug I wasn’t familiar with: Effexor.

He swears by the drug.  Apparently a very small dose (less than 40 mg) helps Tim deal with his day to day struggle of living with multiple myeloma.

My drug of choice is Ativan, which works like magic on my nausea and helps me sleep.  But unlike Ativan, Tim points out that Effexor doesn’t make him drowsy.

Neither does Xanax, a fact another reader shared with me late last year.

I know, I know.  Just hearing “Xanax” opens-up a world of stigma and misconceptions.

But that’s another thing I have learned from my readers.  Sometimes those of us living with–or caring for–someone with a terminal cancer need help.

This is a big, difficult deal!  And anxiety and depression about our unfair lot in life can be real and debilitating.  There is nothing wrong with asking for help if day to day living seems insurmountable sometimes.

Fortunately for me, I have all of you to help get me through.  And I thank my lucky stars every day for that…

Feel good and keep smiling!  Pat