My Myeloma Friends I’M FREE!

Yesterday was a big day for me.  I had a port installed in my chest when I was first diagnosed in 2006.  I have had two Stem Cell Transplants, 9 major hits with chemo, and over five years of VTd maintenance.  In February, I was MRD negative for the second year in a row, and I finally feel I can put the last physical reminder of my myeloma in the past.  My chemo port must go.  To quote the members of the rock group The Who, “I’M FREE!”. 

I have had my chemo port in for a little over 9 and 1/2 years, and my doctor said he had never had a patient with a port in that long.  Just for your information, removal is accomplished  with just a local anesthetic.  For me it did not hurt too much, however he mentioned mine was the hardest of any he had ever removed, and it took a long time to get it removed.  I took a page out of Pat Killingsworth’s playbook and took a few selfies.  I think Dr. B did a great job, and I thank him for the care he took in removing it with the least amount of pain.  He mentioned that most ports have a coating on them which prevents your flesh from attaching to the port material.  Mine was in for such a long time this material was no longer present and was the cause for the difficult removal.  
Dr. B mentioned that I got a lot of good use out of it, because it appeared to be heavily accessed.  Well now finally, I’M FREE.

Good luck and God Bless your Myeloma Journey/

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