Life Beyond the Diagnosis: Peter Geary on Overcoming Myeloma with Positivity and Advocacy

Talking Blood Cancer

Mar 6 2024 • 45 mins

In this inaugural episode of the Talking Blood Cancer podcast, our distinguished host Kate Arkadieff welcomes Peter Geary, a resolute myeloma patient and advocate, to share his profound journey since being diagnosed with asymptomatic myeloma in 2018. The episode begins with Peter recounting the moment of diagnosis and the subsequent "watch and wait" approach that marked the early days of his experience with blood cancer.

Peter's story provides a candid exploration of the evolution of his disease 18 months post-diagnosis, the treatments he underwent—including chemotherapy and an autologous stem cell transplant—and the life adjustments he has had to make. Kate and Peter engage in a thoughtful dialogue, covering the physical and psychological repercussions of his treatments, strategies for side effect management, the significance of fitness, and the preparations necessary for a stem cell transplant.

Also tapping into Peter's laudable involvement with advocacy groups, his deep-seated commitment to the cause of equitable healthcare access, and the necessity of standardised care protocols, particularly in regional Australia. This episode testimony from Peter underscores the vital role of a resilient mindset, the support of loved ones, and a proactive approach to one's healthcare journey in navigating the complexities of living with blood cancer.

Listeners also gain insights into the practical aspects of recovery, from maintaining a healthy weight to navigating daily activities while managing side effects from ongoing treatments. Moreover, the episode features enriching discussions on the support services essential in crafting a harmonious recovery environment and the transformative power of exercise in maintaining a semblance of normalcy in life.

Kate concludes the session by expressing appreciation for Peter's wisdom and contributions, affirming the episode's provision of valuable guidance for anyone navigating a blood cancer diagnosis or supporting someone in that battle.


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