Week 29 chemo complete: My personal ‘me’ space

Week 29 chemo complete: My personal ‘me’ space

When I’m on chemo, I find that ordinary noises can bother me or create distractions in my everyday life, such as when I’m on the bus or sitting in a cafe. What I like to do is create a personal ‘me’ space that blocks out everything around me and lets me be free and alive in my own world.

This photo represents that positive feeling I get when I’m in my own space listening to music (love dubstep), reading a good book (e.g. an Ansel Adams autobiography), or eating yummy food (sea salt rice chips are my go-to snack).

I haven’t had any major side effects with my chemo treatment and no significant symptoms have arisen due to my cancer.

To recap: On Sunday August 30th, I completed Cycle 8 Week 1. 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). On August 24th 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.

Sunset in a UBC ForestSeptember 2012: Sunset at Pacific Spirit Park

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