physician Week 5 (Done Chemo!) by tyfn, on Flickr”>Done Chemo Treatment!
Today feels like a good day, check that a GREAT day! I’ve now completed this round of chemo after 40 long weeks. No more Velcade chemo injections, chemo pills, or steroid pills for my Multiple Myeloma. As I reflect back on the various side effects I experienced it has been pretty challenging, however I really happy that I’m alive and anything beyond that is just gravy.
So, this morning with my breakfast and Lady Grey tea, I took my dexamethasone (10 at 4mg each) and cyclophosphamide (575 mg, 12 total) pills for the final time. I also took a baby aspirin, which I have taken daily since shortly after my diagnosis. This is my final week of chemo treatment, so my pills are shaped into a 40.
I’m focused on staying happy and positive and I will continue to use creative means to share information about cancer to other patients, their caregivers, and other interested people.
Just to give a recap, I’m living with a rare blood cancer called Multiple Myeloma. From February to November 2013, I was on my 4th chemo treatment called Velcade, where I had weekly in-hospital injections, in addition to a variety of other pills taken to supplement my chemo treatment. You can read the background on my diagnosis and previous treatments on an earlier blogpost.
You can view photos from my most recent self-portrait project on flickr.
You can also view photos related to completed treatment here.