Daily I take a baby aspirin to minimise the likelihood of a stroke and Valtrex (Valacyclovir) to reduce the chance of an infection. I do take alot of pills but it is necessary so that I can get my cancer levels lowered for a while.
This is the 1st week of Cycle 5 and the 21st week of my chemo treatment. Each cycle is five weeks long.
To recap, I am living with Multiple Myeloma (blood cancer). Since February 2013, I have been 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 treatment. You can read the background on my diagnosis and previous treatments on my blog.
My chemo injections went well and I’m happy another week is complete. Not going to lie though, cancer is really challenging in all aspects of life. The stress it adds to your life, especially during chemo isn’t easy. I wonder if anyone else in Vancouver is similar to me (single, student, living alone with Cancer), I feel like my dignity is slowly drifting away.
This self-portrait was taken in the Orchard Garden at UBC during sunset.
You can view my self-portrait project on flickr.
You can view photos of my treatment experience here.