Week 182 of chemo complete: Absence of rain, the new normal?

I like to be prepared in case of rain when I leave the house. I will check the weather report and if there is a possibility of rain, I’ll throw my umbrella in my backpack. As I walk and transit everywhere, I don’t want to get caught up in a rainstorm and end up with a cold. I always need to be cautious with my health, due to my cancer of the immune system.

This morning, I was reflecting on how I couldn’t remember the last time I packed my umbrella or actually felt raindrops on my face. The heatwave experienced here in British Columbia and mirrored elsewhere has been called ‘the new normal’. I hope that isn’t true.

Listening to the pitter-patter of rain is such a tranquil experience.

Week 182 of chemo complete: Absence of rain, the new normal?

On Sunday, August 5th, I completed Cycle 46 Week 2. I have multiple myeloma and anemia, a rare cancer of the immune system. Multiple myeloma affects the plasma cells, a type of immune cell that produces antibodies to fight infection. These plasma cells are found in the bone marrow. As a blood cancer, it is incurable, but treatable. Since February 9th 2015, I have been on Pomalyst and Dexamethasone chemo treatment (Pom/Dex). On July 16th 2017, my Dexamethasone treatment ended, due to right eye damage, reported by my Glaucoma Specialist, from long-term use. On January 9th, 2018 I began Ninlaro chemo to combat steadily rising cancer levels. On July 23rd, dexamethasone (40mg) was added to my Ninlaro and Pomalyst chemo treatment, due to excessively high cancer levels.

Weekly chemo-inspired self-portraits can be viewed in my flickr album.

StevestonMay 2014 – Steveston, BC

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