BY HAILEY KOLTKO Meditation is a great tool in your post-cancer-diagnosis toolbox. It can be used to pass the hours if you have neutropenia, reduce stress at any time, help you become more aware of yourself, clear your mind, and give you a mental and physical break from stress. Meditation can also help with the side-effects of myeloma medications, including neuropathy! What is Meditation? Meditation is the act of focusing on something – whether that is thinking of a particular topic or helping you connect with something bigger than yourself (like God, a higher power, or the universe). Meditation has been used for centuries as a way to reduce stress. It has even been described as "the language of the soul." Through proper meditation, it can help you become more aware of your emotional, spiritual and physical needs. How to Meditate While many people have differing opinions on how to meditation, these are the basic principles:
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Lizzy Smith was diagnosed with myeloma in 2012 at age 44. Within days, she left her job, ended her marriage, moved, and entered treatment. "To the extent I'm able, I want to prove that despite life's biggest challenges, it is possible to survive and come out stronger than ever," she says.