Another week of Velcade chemo treatment has past. To recap, I am living with Multiple Myeloma (blood cancer) and since February 2013 I am on my 4th chemo treatment called Velcade, which are weekly in-hospital injections, in addition to a variety of other pills I take to supplement my chemo. You can read the background on my diagnosis and previous treatments on my blog.
Each week I take dexamethasone (steroid) and cyclophosphamide (chemotherapy) (10 pills with breakfast) and a self-portrait that illustrates the particular week of treatment it is. Not only is it my 3rd week of Cycle 4, it is my 18th week in total. Each cycle is five weeks long and I have 6 cycles of treatment in total.
My weekly chemo injections went well and I didn’t have any side effects from the injections. Here are my Complete Blood Count (CBC) results.
White Blood Count 3.0 (normal 4-11)
Neutrophils 1.6 (normal 2-8)
Hemoglobin 128 (normal 135-170)
Blood Platelets 225 (normal 150-400)
This is one of my self-portraits this week, taken at the back of Totem Residence.
You can view my self-portrait project on flickr.