Velcade Chemo Treatment Cycle 4 Week 1: In Photos

I receive 2 chemo injections (140ml and 150ml) every 4 weeks in the hospital then 1 week off.

I receive 2 needles (140ml and 150ml) every 4 weeks in the hospital then 1 week off.

Cycle 4 Week 1 of Velcade chemotherapy is done – Week 16 in total. I am living with multiple myeloma (my story) and these 6 cycles of chemo treatment are necessary to lower my cancer levels. I’m focused on keeping active and happy through my self-portraits at UBC. I’m also using photography to educate others about my journey living with a terminal illness and through digital storytelling I’m sharing the daily challenges I face as an out-patient on chemo medication (daily pills, symptoms weekly pills, cheap and weekly hospital injections).

Recently, pilule I have been napping more. I don’t think it is anything serious, but just due to so much of a toxic substance being in my system right now combined with the added weight I’m carrying. Treatment is a bit of a burden on my life, but I’m focused on positive thinking and healthy living.

Waiting for my Velcade chemoWaiting for my Chemotherapy

As I take dexamethasone (steroid) and cyclophosphamide (chemotherapy) each week (10 pills with breakfast), I take a self-portrait that illustrates the particular week of treatment it is. Not only is it my 1st week of Cycle 4, it is my 16th week in total. Each cycle is five weeks long and I will have 6 cycles in total.

Velcade Chemo Treatment: Cycle 4 Week 116th Week of chemo treatment

I took this photo earlier in the week. It was in the afternoon and I went to one of my favourite forests on campus to relax and photoshoot. I absolutely love the nature at UBC. During these dark times I have found it helpful for my health to focus on the happy moments that brighten my day.

Sunlight in the forestSunlight through the trees

You can view my self-portrait project on flickr.

About tyfn

From December 2019 I've been on Darzalex (daratumumab) IV chemo with Velcade (Bortezomib) injection chemo + dexamethasone. Have Multiple Myeloma + anemia, a rare incurable cancer of the immune system. Life goal: To spread awareness about Multiple Myeloma through my self-portraits. UBC MSc Grad.
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