One of the side effects of my chemo treatment is that my cognitive abilities, such as remembering and memory are diminished. Remembering how to complete a simple task such as boiling eggs can be quite challenging (e.g. Cold or hot water? Cover pot or leave lid off). So to make sure I don’t make mistakes, I first ask google: “How do I boil eggs?” and then follow the instructions verbatim.
Overall I have been feeling ok and haven’t had any major problems regarding my health. This is encouraging as chemo side effects can be quite harsh. I’m not letting cancer get me down. Staying positive each day and focused on keeping stress in my life to a minimum.
To recap: Last Sunday I completed Cycle 7 Week 4. 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). Last Monday I began my eighth 28 day treatment cycle, 21 days on (4mg Pomalyst chemo pill), then 7 days off. I take 3 dexamethasone pills (4mg) every Monday.
Weekly chemo-inspired self-portraits can be viewed in my flickr album.
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