Finding a positive attitude when you’ve been diagnosed with a blood cancer can be difficult, but in the long run, we know that maintaining a positive attitude can make a difference in how we feel and how we live every day. What’s inspired families The Rob Branham Foundation has worked with? Hear what they have to say....
“I told myself to keep hoping and to have faith, and most importantly, keep a positive attitude about things...tell yourself you will make it through. Also, be compliant and informed about your care.”
“I will keep fighting to live for my husband and children.”
“In my case I live on a houseboat so because of the fact that both times I was diagnosed stage 4 the only thing outside my family keeping me motivated was to watch the water with ships and other boats, knowing some day I would be back out sailing.”
“I have a beautiful daughter who was my inspiration to get better.”
What inspires you to fight your blood cancer or provide support for a friend or family member who’s in the fight?
For one Darien, CT family, the diagnosis of multiple myeloma doesn’t lead them to thinking about ‘What ifs….;’ they think, instead, of ‘What can we do about it?’
When JP Kealy was diagnosed in 2014, he and his wife Annemarie didn’t even know what the disease was. After treatment that got his disease under control, they became involved with Moving Mountains for Multiple Myeloma, a program through the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, that raises funds for research, promotes awareness of the disease, and provides hope for patients through their participation in challenging hiking trips around the world.
Read about how their experiences have inspired them to move mountains to work for a cure.
Annamarie & JP Kealy
So many blood cancer patients get blindsided by the diagnosis, and feel helpless to deal with all the emotions and changes it brings. Staying positive can be hard, but good advice comes from teenager Kimberly Peacock after her 2-year battle with leukemia: “I’d probably tell them just to keep your focus forward and have confidence in yourself and everything will play out. You just kind of have to stick with it. It feels like you have no control, but you do have control over how you react to things and I think that’s a big part of it."
Read Kimberly’s inspiring story here.
Patients fighting blood cancer usually have one big goal - to get their cancer under control and beat the disease. Brian Smith of Bremerton, NY had another big goal on November 3rd of this year - to run and complete the New York City marathon….a 26-mile run through all 5 boroughs. Brian was one of more than 65 athletes running as part of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation’s Team for Cures, raising money for cancer research.
Read why running as part of this team is an inspiration to Brian. Local cancer patient to run in NYC Marathon