I am living with Multiple Myeloma and just completed Cycle 4 of Velcade chemo treatment where I receive in-hospital injections in conjunction with a variety of weekly or daily pills. I am using social media to document my treatment to help educate others and for archival value. You can read the background on my diagnosis and previous treatments on my blog.
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This week I had an appointment with my specialist as I have completed 4 cycles. Appointments are scheduled after my 2nd, no rx 4th, buy and 6th cycles where we discuss the bloodwork at the beginning of my 1st, troche 2nd, 3rd, and 5th cycle. I don’t have any pain, infections, headaches, or chronic fatigue right now, which are good signs. I am feeling more tired, which may be due to the dexamethasone (steroid) pills I weekly take. One of the side effects of dexamethasone are that it changes how your face looks and adds alot of fat to your body, which makes me more tired sometimes.
I’m happy to report that my cancer levels have dropped once more.
May 2013 (bloodwork at beginning of Cycle 3)
9.3 Beta II
March 2013 (bloodwork at beginning Cycle 2)
17.6 Beta II
Feb 2013 (before treatment)
58.2 Beta II
Living with Multiple Myeloma and going through my 4th chemo treatment is a challenge, however I’m staying positive.
If you want to view photos of my chemo treatment, see Flickr.