sales recognition, and recall challenges by Phillip Jeffrey, on Flickr”>Memories slipping away
Chemo treatment and living with multiple myeloma + anemia have reduced my cognitive abilities to remember things, recognize people, and recall information. I rely on calendars digital notes, and memory cues to help me through each day. These strengths that once felt solid as a rock, are fading away.
Like sand slipping through my fingers.
Last Sunday I completed my 1st week of Cycle 2. On March 9th, I had a Complete Blood Count. It is a common blood test (1 test tube) I have every 2 weeks that examines my general health during chemo treatment.
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The results showed that my white blood cells, neutrophils, blood platelets, and hemoglobin were all within/almost within normal range. This is good, it means that there isn’t a negative reaction to treatment. Each month I have a more comprehensive blood test that measure my cancer levels. My next one is on Monday. Last week, I had the hiccups occasionally, a side effect of the steroid dexamethasone, but they went away after 10-15 minutes. Each week I’m feeling progressively more tired, but that is to be expected as my weight increases and with the cumulative effect of treatment.
I enjoy taking self-portraits about my life as a multiple myeloma patient. I feel that I can provide awareness for anyone touched by cancer that may be interested in my chemo experiences.
To recap: I have Multiple Myeloma and anemia, 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. From February 9th 2015, I am on Pomalyst and dexamethasone chemo treatment (Pom/dex).
Photos related to my Pomalyst chemo treatment can be viewed in my flickr album.