Today was another chemo day to help control my multiple myeloma. When I arrived, there were prescriptions attached to my chart that needed to be filled at a pharmacy (spending money I don’t have) and the BC Cancer Agency (free yeah!). After checking my blood pressure, pulse, and temperature, I waited for the nurse to give me my chemo injections. When she arrived and began the Velcade chemo injections into my stomach, I was reflecting how I would have never though that this would be how I would be receiving chemo treatment. I absolutely hate needles and I thought that chemo would either be in pill form or via IV.
Now it feels sorta normal, although I don’t look at the needles and just look away thinking happy thoughts, rather than reflecting on possible side effects from the chemo injections. After that was done, I went to the pharmacy to pay for my Valtrex (help ward off infection) and stopped by the BC Cancer Pharmacy to pick up my dexamethasone (steroid) and cyclophosphamide (chemo).
Tomorrow morning I will take my dexamethasone (10 at 4mg each) and cyclophosphamide (575 mg, 12 total) pills with my breakfast as I have to take them in the morning.
Just to give a 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.
You can view photos from my most recent self-portrait project on flickr.
You can also view photos related to my ongoing treatment here.