When Keith Guernsey of Gainesville GA was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2018 he had no idea the trajectory his life would take. His prostate cancer was successfully treated with a robotic surgery and he moved forward eager to embrace his full, healthy life. His momentum was short lived when a follow up blood test showed abnormal results. He was quickly referred to a hematologist and diagnosed with stage two multiple myeloma. He had experienced no symptoms indicative of myeloma which may have gone un-detected without his prostate cancer diagnosis and follow up work.
Keith went on to complete induction therapy, and autologous transplant. He is currently in remission and works hard to remain strong and healthy. He credits his health to:
Working with a qualified myeloma specialist and following their recommendations
Taking all medication as prescribed
Getting regular exercise: find something you enjoy and keep moving
Getting/maintaining a positive attitude
He also credits his wife (who he describes as “the best wife and caregiver ever”) as helping him get through his treatment and transplant. Another tool he used was writing. Keith had talked about writing a book for over 20 years. After retiring in 2013 his wife encouraged him to just DO IT!. He went on to write not one, but three books. His first two center around his love for all Boston sports and his experiences with his father playing and coaching sports while growing up in Beantown. His third book is about overcoming odds. Keith is no stranger to overcoming hard things as he has triumphed over brain surgery (twice), severe obesity and now cancer (twice). He found writing so therapeutic he returned to it during his myeloma treatment and recovery. He is currently working on his fourth book that shares his myeloma story. You can learn more about or purchase Keith’s books here.
Regardless of the challenges he has faced Keith is determined to face them with a positive attitude, hard work and to help others along the way. This strong desire to give back and help others led him to become a Myeloma Coach. As a Coach, Keith strives to genuinely listen to others facing myeloma and empower them by sharing what has helped him.
If you would like to work with a Myeloma Coach or become a Coach, visit our website.
about the author
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.