By Rozalynn Hite | Posted - Jul 14th, 2020

 

 

 

 

Myeloma Coach: Remain Socially Connected In A Physically Distant World

As cases of COVID continue to fluctuate and rise in many places across the nation we each need to continue to do our part to keep ourselves and our families safe and healthy.

Dr. Rafael Fonseca .M.D. the interim director of Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, and principal investigator of the Multiple Myeloma Laboratory recently said:

“Now, we know now that it appears that most of what we see for infection is from human to human, and accordingly, there's pretty good data that I think supports the general guidelines that we're seeing from health authorities and others with just physical distancing."

"That's important. Someone made the distinction the other day for me is that it's physical, it's not social distancing. Because you can still be interacting with others, just keeping that distance if you have to, or if it's part of your family.”  ….. the use of masks is essential as well. So those are the two key things”

 

Wear a Mask

If you are in need of masks, the Myeloma Crowd is distributing free masks to verified multiple myeloma, MGUS and smoldering myeloma patients.  Due to a generous donation from Karyopharm maker of selinexor (XPOVIO) used in myeloma treatment.  Learn how to receive your free masks here.

Distance Physically, Not Socially

The reminder to distance ourselves physically, but not socially is important.  As we continue to maintain a physical distance from one another let’s remember not to disconnect socially.  Our social connections and interactions are key to maintaining our emotional health and wellness.   We need each other and can help one another through these unforeseen circumstances.  Even during a pandemic, life with myeloma and all of it’s complexities goes on.  You do not have to face it alone.

Myeloma Coaches are available to offer support and resources that are critical with myeloma and even more during these tumultuous times.  Coaches are myeloma patients or caregivers who offer a shared experience, and valued resources.  While coaching can be completed distantly through phone, email or video chat, it can result in increased connection, comfort, understanding and community.

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Rozalynn Hite
About the Author

Rozalynn Hite - Rozalynn Hite is the Myeloma Coach Director and wife of myeloma patient Richard Hite. Rozalynn is an occupational therapist and mother of three beautiful children.

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