Countdown to chemo 5: Third significant cold this year

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Earlier, this month I learned that my cancer is back. I’m worried about my upcoming chemo treatment for a number of reasons, but in this post I’ll focus on my health. I’m going through my 3rd significant cold this year. Generally, I don’t get colds, so having three colds in the same year is troubling. My throat is pretty sore from coughing and my nose has been blown alot of times. I don’t have a fever so it isn’t an infection, but it is tough going right now. I feel like my health is going downhill paralleling the rise of my cancer levels. As multiple myeloma is a cancer of the blood plasma (white blood cells that fight infection), it will compromise my immune system. I’m now really worried about getting a cold during chemo. I can’t afford warm clothing (scarf, toque) or medication right now, which I know is contributing to my being sick twice in the last 5 weeks. Maybe I can find a clothing charity in town.

The other concern is that I’m always cold. Inside, I like to keep my hood on when wearing my hoodie. In a perfect world, it would be 15C inside and 25C outside everyday. I’m assuming this is related to my multiple myeloma. I wish I could warm up my blood somehow. What I like to do through the day is drink lady grey tea, which I love. That does help keep me warm and happy. Although this photo is with tea bags I have been drinking loose leaf for about a year now.

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To recap: I have Multiple Myeloma, a rare blood cancer. It is incurable, but treatable. From February to November 2013, I received Velcade chemo through weekly in-hospital injections as an outpatient. It was a challenging year.

I also love photography and use it for personal health and healing. You can view my photos on Pinterest.

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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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