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 124 article(s) .

[ by | Oct 21, 2010 1:03 pm | 2 Comments ]
Pat’s Place: Hockey Promotion Gives Hope To Multiple Myeloma Patients And Their Families

On Monday night, I attended a National Hockey League game here in Tampa, Florida. The Tampa Bay Lightning played the Dallas Stars at an event billed as “Hockey Fights Cancer Night.”

Modeled loosely after the National Football League’s breast cancer awareness program—you know, the one that has all of the players wearing pink shoes and hats—this promotion wasn’t as big a deal.

No pink skates or helmets to be found. There were a few public announcements and banners. Young girls …

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[ by | Oct 14, 2010 2:38 pm | 11 Comments ]
Pat’s Place: We Need To Be Respectful Of Our Fellow Myeloma Patients’ Therapy Choices

Over the years, I have heard a large number of patients—and especially caregivers—aggressively defend their anti-myeloma therapy and treatment center choices.

At first I was confused by this. I didn’t understand why others could become so upset and defensive over different therapy choices.

But the truth is: nearly every multiple myeloma patient and caregiver today has been placed in a horribly unfair and difficult position.

I’m not talking about our cancer—of course that isn’t fair! But I’m talking about …

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[ by | Oct 7, 2010 10:07 am | 6 Comments ]
Pat’s Place: Multiple Myeloma Patients, Give Yourself A Break!

I like to look over other reader’s comments after I read an article here at The Myeloma Beacon.

That’s exactly what I did on Tuesday after reading Sean Murray’s column, Sean’s Burgundy Thread: Staying Connected To Yourself While Living With Myeloma. If you haven’t read Sean’s columns yet, you should—it is a really fun read.

Sean and I both tend to be very proactive and positive when dealing with our cancer.

Anyway, I have noticed lots of similar comments …

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[ by | Sep 30, 2010 4:28 pm | 2 Comments ]
Pat’s Place: Thank God For Oncology Nurses!

Enduring cancer treatment—especially early on—can be painful and lonely. Having a great caregiver helps. But even then, a cancer patient often spends many hours alone getting x-rays, MRI’s and IV’s.

The one constant and saving grace for me has always been an oncology nurse. And I have had more than one good one, mind you. Wherever I have been treated, I have always received thoughtful, excellent care.

My nurses over the years have served as friends and counselors. They …

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[ by | Sep 23, 2010 10:32 am | 6 Comments ]
Pat’s Place: Visiting Your Primary Care Physician Is Important

I had been putting off seeing a doctor for over a year. Not my oncologist, mind you. I’m talking about my primary care physician—or family doctor.

As soon as I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma three and a half years ago, my primary care physician, Dr. Carrie Smith, stepped aside, turning all of my care over to my medical oncologist and myeloma specialist.

It’s hard to argue with that—fighting multiple myeloma requires a doctor who devotes their full time to …

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