Living with multiple myeloma: A good time to reach out to a friend to help

Week 6 chemo complete: A good time to reach out to a friendReaching out to a friend

When you feel overwhelmed by chemo side effects such as pain, fatigue, or nausea;
When you forgo private gatherings and public events for quiet time in your room;
When you use your phone to check the weather, rather than looking out your window;
When you forget the last time you breathed fresh air;
When you feel your world turning grey, and see cloudy skies on the horizon.

Reach out to a friend. They will add sunshine to your life.

Don’t face the challenges of chemo alone.

On Sunday, I completed my 6th week of chemo treatment (Cycle 2, Week 2). Overall, I’m feeling a bit more fatigued each week, which is to be expected. I use the opportunity to nap whenever I can. I don’t overexert myself.

I enjoy taking self-portraits about my life as a multiple myeloma patient. I feel that it is important to use various social media channels to let others touched by cancer know about my chemo treatment and related side effects. It is really helping me cope and I enjoy planning out my weekly photos.

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.

Cherry Blossoms at Old Barn Community Centre UBCApril 2014: Old Barn at UBC

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