A week ago Monday, I had my monthly blood test and I’m happy to report that my cancer levels dropped again. As I’ve stated before, in BC, I can use an online service called myehealth, to get free access to my lab results as soon as available (around 24 hours). Recall I began chemo Feb 9th. The igG is the cancer marker we use to measure progress.
My multiple myeloma resides in the Beta 2 Globulin region. As noted below, my myeloma cells continue to decrease there.
|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|
As I previously stated, my Hematologist (specialist of blood diseases) wants my cancer levels to remain below 18.0, which is half of 36.1. Each day I try to remain positive, maintain a healthy lifestyle, and reduce stress in my life. Doing what I can to maximize treatment effectiveness, while minimizing chemo side effects and cancer symptoms.
My Hematology Profile is the Complete Blood Counts test I have every 2 weeks that measures my overall health.
|Reference Range||4.0 – 11.0||135 – 170||150 – 400||2.0 – 8.0|
I will remain on chemo treatment indefinitely, as long as it is remains effective in preventing my cancer levels from rising without a major health concern (e.g. liver damage).
After each monthly big blood test, I reflect on the positives in my life and how really fortunate I am to be responding well to chemo treatment. This photo represents how important it is that I continue to concentrate on actions and activities that benefit my physical and mental health so I can best face multiple myeloma symptoms and the continual side effects of chemo.
I believe in the power of me, I draw strength from the power of we.
To recap: On Sunday I completed Cycle 7 Week 3. 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. Since February 9th 2015, I have been on Pomalyst and dexamethasone chemo treatment (Pom/dex). I start Cycle 8 on August 24th.
Thank you for your positive support.
Weekly chemo-inspired self-portraits can be viewed in my flickr album.
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