Update on the COVID-19 pandemic

Information regarding COVID-19 is in constant change, as is the situation regarding vaccination and prioritization for immune-compromised individuals.

If you have any COVID-19-related questions, we’ve created a specific COVID section on our website that can be accessed by clicking here or by selecting the “News & Events” tab from our homepage. In this section, you’ll find the latest news and information about the pandemic in Canada from trustworthy and reliable sources.

Any specific questions that you may have regarding the COVID-19 vaccination, delays between vaccine dosing, and prioritization within your province are best answered by your healthcare team. They’re the ones who know you and your particular situation and are therefore in a position to best address your unique concerns.

Created by, and entirely focused on, Canadians impacted by myeloma, Myeloma Canada is the only national charitable organization committed to providing you with the most up-to-date and reliable information on myeloma. Some of the ways we do this is through our monthly e-newsletter, “Myeloma Matters”, as well as through our social media platforms.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us at contact@myeloma.ca or toll-free at 1-888-798-5771 with any questions regarding our programs and services.

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Being a Caregiver

What makes you a caregiver? You don’t need to be a family member or even a close friend to qualify. Just as the word suggests, a caregiver is someone who gives care. As long as you give care, you’re a caregiver.

Before anything else, you should evaluate how much care you are willing and able to give. This will depend on several factors. Think about:

  • what your loved one needs most
  • the type of support you are best suited to provide
  • how much time you can realistically devote
  • what other people (ie, family and friends) can help you with
  • what government and/or private healthcare resources can help you with

Many caregivers are worried or feel guilty about leaving their loved one alone. It’s important to remember that you also have personal responsibilities to keep up with. If you live a considerable distance away, or if you are not able to give as much support as you would like, something as simple as a phone call, email or text message can help lift their spirits.