Pomalyst chemo week 9 complete: Moving forward

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Chemo has knocked me down, but hasn’t stopped me from living my life. My daily struggles with an incurable cancer only push me harder to achieve maximum treatment response, with minimal side effects. My journey as a multiple myeloma + anemia patient continues, slowly and steadily.

I’m not giving up. I’m not looking back. I’m moving forward.

Yesterday I completed Cycle 3 Week 1. Last week I had a Complete Blood Count (blood test) that measured my overall health while on chemo treatment. The results looked good (see normal range in brackets). The hemoglobin (red blood cells) is below normal because I have anemia. I have this blood test every two weeks and I am able to view the results online usually by the next day using myehealth, a service in BC which provides free access to my lab results as soon as available.

Hematology Profile
Date WBC Hemoglobin Platelet Count Neutrophils
Reference Range 4.0 – 11.0 135 – 170 150 – 400 2.0 – 8.0
Apr 7.6 113 357 3.9
Mar 7.0 133 247 5.6
Mar 6.8 127 467 5.2
Feb 5.5 133 191 4.6
Jan 4.4 129 206 2.3

I’m continuing to focus on healthy living, positive thinking, and creative self-portraits to help me cope with my chemo and remain happy.

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).

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

UBC Wreck BeachApril 2014: Moving logs at UBC Wreck Beach

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