Week 111 chemo complete: Nov blood test results – Cancer levels remain stable

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Week 111 chemo complete: Nov blood test results - Cancer levels remain stable

I’m happy to report that my March blood test results show my cancer levels remain stable. I was a bit worried that my M Protein (Myeloma Protein) – cancer levels marker, would continue to trend upward, I’m thankful, that was not the case.

Maintaining a positive attitude + healthy mindset helps me through each day.

Photo: Friday morning I travelled to Lynn Headwaters Regional Park in North Vancouver. My plan was to take a self-portrait walking across the log, however this experience exposed some of my physical limitations. I set my camera on a 10sec timer and then tried to run to the log, jump up, walk across the log, and then pose. That proved quite difficult.

The myeloma/cancer in my bone marrow continue to weaken my bone structure so I don’t have the ability to walk across and balance successfully on the log. I spent a significant amount of time, trying to mirror the image in my mind, but in the end I left, without the “perfect” shot I wanted. All good though, I was happy to spend time in the forest.

M Protein (g/L)
Mar = 3.0
Feb = 3.5
Jan 2017 = 3.3
Dec = 2.4
Nov = 3.3
Oct = 2.5
Oct = 2.3
Sept = 2.8
Aug = value missing
July = value missing
June = 1.9
May = 1.7
Apr = 2.5
Jan – Mar 2016 = 3

My Hematology profile (how my body responds overall to being on treatment) looks good.

Hematology Profile
Date WBC Hemoglobin Platelet Count Neutrophils
Reference Range 4.0 – 11.0 135 – 170 150 – 400 2.0 – 8.0
Mar 5.1 130 303 4.2
Feb 4.8 132 324 3.6
Jan 4.8 136 304 3.7
Dec 6.7 128 303 3.4
Nov 5.7 132 325 4.8
Oct 4.3 130 343 3.5
Oct 5.3 126 311 4.2
Sept 7.9 128 295 4.8

To recap: On Sunday, March 26th, I completed Cycle 28 Week 3. I have Multiple Myeloma and anemia, a rare cancer of the immune system. Multiple myeloma is a cancer of the plasma cells that 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).

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

StevestonMay 2014: Steveston, BC

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