Keep moving forward.
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.
|Reference Range||4.0 – 11.0||135 – 170||150 – 400||2.0 – 8.0|
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.
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