Mood swings

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I have been diagnosed with myeloma and been off work since April. I have found that I get very grumpy and restless. I get angry so.etimes at the slightest things. Is this normal?


  • Hello  ,

    Thank you for contacting us on the Online Community. I am sorry to hear you have been diagnosed with myeloma and that things are feeling tough just now. I am really glad you have got in touch.

    It sounds like you have had a lot of change to cope with following this diagnosis Andy- being off work since April. How has that been for you? Feeling grumpy, restless and angry sound like very understandable ways to be feeling. There is no normal, right or wrong way to feel or respond to a diagnosis and the changes or experiences it can bring, however it sounds like these are difficult to cope with, perhaps leaving you feeling unlike yourself just now?

    Are there any thoughts that go along with these feelings may I ask Andy? And do you speak to anyone about how you are feeling and what you’re going through? It can sound small but talking can really help in processing our experiences and emotions, helping us make sense of what we may need. A diagnosis and it’s emotional impact can feel a lot to hold on your own, which can mean the space for anything else you’d normally have is limited, and so even the slightest thing can feel overwhelming and in turn lead us to feel or react in ways that surprise us. Is this how it has felt for you Andy?

    You’d be very welcome to call us on the Macmillan Support Line for a listening ear and space to talk things through. We’re here every day, 8am-8pm, to provide emotional support and help with any practical, general medical, financial or work-related questions or concerns you may have just now. You can call us on:0808 808 00 00 or get in touch via web chat if preferred.

    Our booklet: How Are You Feeling? The Emotional Effects of Cancer may be helpful to look through just now if you feel able. It talks through the emotional impact a diagnosis can have, common ways people diagnosed with cancer describe feeling, as well as support available, and ways you can help yourself through. I’m glad to see you have found our Myeloma forum for additional support. You can also use our In Your Area tool to explore local support such as support groups and Cancer Support Centers if that would feel helpful.

    I hope this information is helpful Andy.

    Take care,


    Information and Support Adviser

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