Countdown to chemo 5: Chemo 4 ended one year ago today

This is my ‘chemo ending’ anniversary as chemo 4 ended today. November 22, generic 2013 ended 9 months of Velcade chemo. Last year was a very challenging year and the treatment was not without severe side effects. However, dosage in the end I was very happy when the 40 weeks were finally over.

viagra 40mg Week 5 (Done Chemo!) by Phillip Jeffrey, on Flickr”>Velcade Chemo Treatment: Cycle 8, Week 5 (Done Chemo!)November 2013: Final Day of Chemo

I can’t look back anymore, I need to focus on the future. My cancer returned in July. I found out last month during a scheduled Hematologist appointment. It has been rough since that time. I can’t begin to explain what that feels like. A year ago today I was soaring through the sky thinking I had 5 years without having to worry about treatment again. There wasn’t any rational for that, I just felt that my immediate future was bright. Now the light around me, is a bit dimmer and a storm is approaching. I’ve been living in a ‘chemo is coming’ bubble, trying to figure out how I can accomplish all the things I need to get done before chemo next year. Right now I’m very poor so my greatest need is money.

There is a long road ahead, I’m focused on staying positive each minute, each hour, each day.

I believe in me.

A quiet walk in the fogJanuary 2013: A quiet walk in the fog

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. In October, I found out my cancer had returned, and sometime in 2015, I expect to be in treatment again.

I love photography, it helps me remain happy. I haven’t taken many photos since my macbookpro died during the summer though. You can view my pictures on Pinterest.

UBC Wreck BeachMarch 2014: UBC Wreck Beach

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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2 Responses to Countdown to chemo 5: Chemo 4 ended one year ago today

  1. Hey Phillip, I found your blog via flickr/photopin. Ironically, I wanted to use one of your photos for a post about my forthcoming cancer tests. I’m sorry to hear that your cancer has returned, and although the storm is approaching, I hope you will be able to weather the storm and learn to dance in the rain. Sending good vibes and lots of positive energy your way x

    • tyfn says:

      I enjoy taking pictures and when I was in hospital for 12 days for TTP/stroke, I regretted not having any documentation. For my 2013 chemo, I wanted to document as much as possible using my blog, video, audio, and photography (flickr/pinterest). Staying positive!

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