Pat Killingsworth's Archive

Pat writes a monthly column for The Myeloma Beacon. He was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in April of 2007 at age 51. However, Pat initially experienced what is called a complete response (or temporary remission), achieved by using a combination of extensive radiation and chemotherapy. Although his multiple myeloma has returned, it is still under control—and it hasn't slowed him down! Pat has written a book about his experience called "Living with Multiple Myeloma," and Pat maintains two blogs, Living with Multiple Myeloma and Help with Cancer . Pat's wife, Pattie, is also a cancer survivor. She remains cancer free today. The Killingsworth's have dedicated their lives to helping other cancer patients and survivors learn to cope with their disease.

Pat Killingsworth has written 133 article(s) .

[ by | Dec 23, 2010 2:12 pm | 5 Comments ]
Pat's Place: Nutritional Supplements That I Take As A Myeloma Patient

Last week I wrote about how taking nutritional supplements is like walking through a mine field for multiple myeloma patients.  So this week, I’ll describe my nutritional supplement plan.

First, let me describe the prescription medications that I take:

Revlimid (lenalidomide) is my monthly chemotherapy drug.

Warfarin (Coumadin) is a generic blood thinner. I use it to prevent blood clots that may be caused by Revlimid.

Oxycodone and Tylenol help my bone pain.

Gabapentin (Neurontin) helps my peripheral neuropathy …

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[ by | Dec 16, 2010 10:25 am | 8 Comments ]
Pat's Place: Taking Nutritional Supplements Is Like Walking Through A Mine Field For Multiple Myeloma Patients

We all realize good nutrition is important. But like everyone else, multiple myeloma patients are often too busy to eat well all of the time.

And even if we do eat well, nutritional science teaches us there are advantages to additional supplementation.

No problem, right? Head off to the health food store and begin loading-up?

How about extract from exotic berries from the Amazon, touted to contain super concentrated anti-oxidants?

Or how about supplements designed to lesson …

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[ by | Dec 9, 2010 9:58 am | 8 Comments ]
Pat’s Place:  One Way Or Another, We All Need To Keep Moving!

A majority of multiple myeloma patients experience some kind of bone involvement. In other words, myeloma has negatively affected their bones. Lesions, a fancy word for holes, in and around the bone are common. So is a more general “osteoporosis”-like weakening of the bone.

Those of you who are fortunate enough not to have had multiple myeloma hurt your bones should take advantage of your good fortune by engaging in a systematic and rigorous exercise program.

I know, I know—who …

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[ by | Dec 2, 2010 9:44 am | 7 Comments ]
Pat's Place: Inspiration From A Fellow Cancer Survivor

Just over four years ago, a very good friend of mine, named Gene, dropped by my real estate office on a Saturday morning.

My partner Bruce and I greeted Gene warmly. A fellow Realtor, Gene had committed to joining our real estate team later that year.

Unfortunately, we soon discovered Gene had not stopped in to talk shop. No, Gene was on his way home from seeing an oncologist. Gene had just learned he had prostate cancer.

To make …

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[ by | Nov 25, 2010 11:14 am | 10 Comments ]
Pat's Place: Things I'm Thankful For As A Multiple Myeloma Patient

I wanted to take this opportunity to wish all of my fellow multiple myeloma patients, their friends, families, and caregivers a happy Thanksgiving!

If you think about it, Thanksgiving is an ideal holiday. Rich or poor, young or old, healthy or sick with cancer, everyone has something to be thankful for. And it is a relatively non-denominational holiday.

But it isn't perfect. It is a difficult day to be alone. And yet large family gatherings can be overwhelming, stressful, or …

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