Last week I had my quarterly appointment with my Hematologist. I was in a good mood as I had seen my blood test results the week before, showing my cancer levels continuing to drop. He said he was very happy with my overall health as I’m responding very well to my chemo treatment. I received a new requisition form for bloodwork for the next 2 years and I only have to have my big monthly (e.g. Week 43, Week 47) blood test now, which shows my cancer levels + overall response to treatment.
The small monthly blood test (e.g. Week 45), which only shows my overall response to treatment has been cancelled, as tests every 2 weeks are excessive, when the results aren’t likely to show problems. I took this photo this morning as it was heavily raining. I was fortunate to find a covered spot to place my camera so it wouldn’t get wet.
To recap: On Sunday, January 10th, I completed Cycle 12 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).
Weekly chemo-inspired self-portraits can be viewed in my flickr album.
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