Living with Multiple Myeloma: Velcade Chemo Treatment Cycle 8, Week 3

Velcade Chemo Treatment: Cycle 8, Week 3Week 38

Today, I’ve been reflecting alot on my life as I come to the end of my Velcade chemo treatment. I am focused on doing what I can to keep my cancer levels low by reducing stress in my life and prolonging and future chemo to a distance future. I’ve also been thinking about friendship when living with Multiple Myeloma and when best to tell strangers or acquaintances you’d like to become friends about your current chemo treatment. I’m wrestling with these decisions now and will expand my thoughts in a future blogpost.

This morning I woke up and took my dexamethasone (10 at 4mg each) and cyclophosphamide (575 mg, 12 total) pills. I also took my Valtrex and daily baby aspirin. This is my 38th week of chemo treatment, so my pills are shaped into a 38. My Rebel XSi is failing alot so I’m happy the focus worked today. I then napped a bit before heading to the Cancer Clinic to get my Velcade chemo treatment.

Valaciclovir (Valtrex)Valtrex

While waiting for the nurse I checked my blood pressure, pulse, and temperature. I watched some Seinfeld on the TV, which gave me some laughs and helped me relax for when the nurse arrived to give me my chemo injections.

Blood Pressure 136/65
Pulse 83
Temperature 36.7
Oxygen Saturation 97

Velcade Chemo injectionsVelcade chemo injections

I had no idea what my chemo treatment would be like with Velcade when I started. I assumed I would be getting an IV. I’m happy that I have one week yet. This hasn’t been the greatest experience at all, I can’t wait until I’m done, so my life can get better.

Just to give a recap, I am living with Multiple Myeloma (blood cancer). Since February 2013, I have been on my 4th chemo treatment called Velcade, which are weekly in-hospital injections, in addition to a variety of other pills I take to supplement my chemo treatment. You can read the background on my diagnosis and previous treatments on my blog.

You can view photos from my most recent self-portrait project on flickr.

Between here and thereAt the Buchanan sculpture

You can also view photos related to my ongoing treatment here.

Checking off my chemo medicationChecking off chemo meds each day

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