Pomalyst chemo week 11 complete: Thankful every day

Week 11 chemo complete: Thankful every dayGiving thanks

On the weekend, I was wandering through the forest as the magic hour (final hour of the day) approached. I took a variety of self-portraits for about 50 minutes, but didn’t feel I was getting the photo I wanted. Then I noticed a ray of sunlight falling on a tree. It looked beautiful and I paused for a moment.

I thought about how lucky I was not to be in bed with chronic pain due to my multiple myeloma or chronic fatigue due to chemo. I felt fortunate that I had not become blind due to previous glaucoma scares and that I had friends that cared about me. I also felt happy that I had a working camera for my creative expression.

Last week was a good week as I found out from my monthly blood test that my cancer levels (igG) had dropped again [see blogpost]. I’m continuing to focus on healthy living, positive thinking, and creative self-portraits to help me cope and remain happy.

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
Apr 44.4 19.2 1.5 21.4 .29 .41
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

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 began Cycle 3 for 4 weeks.

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

Take a book, return a bookMay 2014: Little Free Library, Granville Island

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