Pomalyst chemo week 7 complete: No surprises

Week 7 chemo complete: No surprises - let's keep it that wayChemo life is like an egg

When you break an egg, the yolk is yellow or orange. Nothing out of the ordinary. But sometimes you get a double yolk, which may make you pause as it was unexpected, a bit of a surprise. Similarly, each morning I wake up expecting that the day will be uneventful – no surprises. Yes, I know side effects may occur due to my treatment or symptoms may flare up as a result of my multiple myeloma + anemia. But I don’t foresee anything dramatic happening that I haven’t experienced before (e.g. liver damage, chronic pain or chronic fatigue).

For the third week of this cycle, I continue to feel fatigued and find I don’t have the energy to climb up escalators without great effort. However, I don’t have any concerns with my body’s response to treatment and remain cautiously optimistic for my future.

For those that didn’t hear the good news, according to my blood test last week, my cancer levels (igG) are moving in the right direction:

Serum Proteins (Electrophoresis & Immunoglobulins) (g/L)
Date Albumin Beta Globulin 2 Gamma Globulin igG igA igM
Reference Range 34.0-53.0 1.8 – 4.8 5.1 – 15.0 6.7 – 15.2 .70 – 4.00 .40 – 2.30
Mar 39.1 27.1 2.6 27.5 .26 .50
Feb 38.9 33.9 3.0 36.1 .33 .53
Jan 39.3 30.6 3.7 33.4 .29 .22

I love photography. It is beneficial to my health and wellness and has a calming effect. I remain thankful for the opportunity to educate others about my rare disease through creative self-portraits.

Staying positive every day!

To recap: I have Multiple Myeloma and anemia, a rare blood cancer. It is incurable, but treatable. From February to November 2013, I received Velcade chemo through weekly in-hospital injections as an outpatient. From February 9th 2015, I am on Pomalyst and dexamethasone chemo treatment (Pom/dex). On April 6th, I begin my third cycle.

Photos related to my Pomalyst chemo treatment can be viewed in my flickr album.

Cherry Blossoms at UBCApril 2013: Cherry blossoms at UBC

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