I’m moving like a sloth today, thank you Dex crash, Chemo crash and low blood counts. How about a pictorial update this time!
~ Poof! 35 years as a college counselor… my 35th anniversary recognition celebration recap. So nice to see all my colleagues I rarely get to see anymore.
|2017 will be my last… thank you myeloma. Proud I hung in there for 35 years!|
|Tuesday night’s smaller dinner celebration recognition of long term colleagues|
|Chancellor Dr Dianne at Friday’s all-staff Opening Day Celebration
She’s such an inspiration, and I admire her so much!
|The “Godfather of Counseling”, Dr Al
My Counseling mentor and friend for life!
|Friday’s all-staff Opening Day celebration. Hundreds of colleagues there
Should have worn a mask, but cross your fingers, I’m still ok!
Without Dr Al and Dr Dianne, (and Joan and Bob)
I wouldn’t have ever been Counselor Julie
Hard to believe this chapter in my life book will be coming to a close in 2017. I always thought I would be Counselor Julie forever. Becoming the lil ol lady who’s been there since dinosaurs roamed the college hills. Never did I ever think my career would be edited for me, due to cancer. As I’ve written before, I pushed myself to work during initial treatments, returning back just “months” after my July 2010 stem cell transplant, working while on maintenance chemo, immune compromised, etc, continuing to work after relapse in 2013 to present, while in continuing chemo treatments, so fatigued, so immune compromised, with crazy side effects. What a dedicated goof I am! But I just love helping students realize their dreams and goals, love the mission of our college, and I have so much passion for the educational environment, my students and colleagues. Seriously, it’s not an easy decision to give up half your identity. So very fortunate to have had the wonderful career I’ve had, for 35 years! I still feel half my age (mentally), with so many unfinished, unrealized plans… Hard to process…
~ My Numbers update:
Not good as I suspected due to the steady upward climb for months now. Conversations with my local oncology team and my SCT team are: “Maybe time for a medication change Julie”… (as sadly Kyprolis may not be my magic elixir anymore I have to acknowledge)…”Time to change to something else soon Julie” they suggest… Ugh, Cccchange… again. I was hoping Kyprolis and I would be friends for a while… Oh well, such is the nature of myeloma, right. No matter how it is medicated and treated, it will always outsmart any chemo fighting it. I’m finally accepting, myeloma is stronger than my ability to keep it consistently controlled. Next in line will most likely be Pomalyst. We’ll see.. the plan though is to stay the course with Dex and Kyprolis for another month or so…
|Lol- my arm looks fat and distorted here! Just the camera angle.|
I’m IgA Myeloma:
(Normal IgA = 70 – 400, Normal IgG = 700 – 1600, Normal IgM = 40 – 230)
Date IgA IgG IgM
8/20/15 1530 258 < 18
9/13/15 1770 268 < 18
240 < 18
BEGIN NEW KYPROLIS + DEX TREATMENT:
233 < 18
230 < 18
262 < 18
228 < 18
221 < 18
227 < 18
226 < 18
4/17/16 717 251 < 17
5/15/16 808 232 < 17
6/23/16 1140 267 < 17
7/21/16 1180 247 < 17
8/17/16 1540 238 < 17
Yep! Up it went…
M Protein: PROTEIN ELECTROPHORESIS RESULT, SERUM
Normal = 0 … Zero
July = 1.26
Aug = 1.01
Oct = 1.58
BEGIN NEW KYPROLIS + DEX TREATMENT:
Nov = 1.12
Dec and Jan = Not Detectable! thank you Kyprolis + Dex
Feb = 0.62 Ugh! Quite a jump in a short period of time (Off Dex)
March = Abnormal, but no M-Protein number mentioned (On Dex)
April = Abnormal, but M Protein value not detectable (On Dex)
May = .75 That’s a BIG upward Trend in just one month!
June = 1.06
July = 1.01
Aug = 1.58
Up again… back to where I was in Oct 2015
|Awesome Nurse Josie!|
|My veins are tired. 2 sticks on Mon and Tues :(|
|Awesome Nurse Tracy|
I was interviewed waaaaay back in November 2015 and the magazine is just now being published! Unfortunately, things have changed quite a bit for me since the interview, and I am not doing as well now, as I was then. My hair was still full from Revlimid and Dex, and now it’s thinner and short. Kyprolis and I were best friends (see my stats above for Dec – Mar), and I was so hopeful myeloma would be controlled for loooooong time. I laugh at the front cover quote: “I feel more alive than ever”… as that was in reference to when I am on steroids LOL!, or my excitement that Kyprolis was working so well…
~ And I have a psychological/philosophical question for you… But I’ll do that next blog, as this post long enough!! I asked my Doctor a difficult (timeline) question, and received an answer I didn’t quite expect…
|Crazy how fatiguing myeloma is! I push myself so much, but my helium tank is empty|
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