Velcade Chemo Treatment Cycle 5 Week 2: In Photos

I’m feeling that the longer I’m on my 4th chemo treatment, decease the more likely I am to have days when my stomach feels funny. That is to be expected as I getting weekly chemo injections into my stomach. Today was one of those days. I spent the day lying in bed with my stomach just not feeling right. I’m staying positive that tomorrow I will feel better. Chemo treatment just makes my life alot tougher.

Velcade Chemo Treatment: Cycle 5, Week 2Week 22 of treatment

This week I finished Cycle 5 Week 2. Each week I take dexamethasone (steroid) (10 pills) and cyclophosphamide (chemotherapy) (increased to 13 pills). As this is my 22nd week in total, the pills are shaped into a 22. Daily I take a baby aspirin to minimise the likelihood of a stroke and Valtrex (Valacyclovir) to reduce the chance of an infection.

Velcade Chemo Injections Treatment for Multiple MyelomaVelcade injections

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.

On Friday I went to get my Velcade chemo injections into my stomach. As this is Week 2, the injections were in the right side of my stomach. The process was quick and painless and I was happy when it was over as I really don’t like needles.

I took this photo a year ago when I came across an area of campus were the grass was uncut. It looked beautiful and the perfect place for a self-portrait.

In a sea of greenIn a sea of green

You can view my self-portrait project on flickr.

You can view photos of my treatment experience here.

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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