Week 62 chemo complete: Loving Spring

Week 60 chemo complete: Relaxing in the forest

Today I went to the UBC Pacific Spirit Park as I enjoy the fresh air in the forest. I find that being in nature benefits my health and it is important when on chemo not to hide out in my room.

I’m maintaining a positive outlook on life and I’m very happy for sunny days.

To recap: On Sunday, buy April 3rd, I completed Cycle 15 Week 4. 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. Since February 9th 2015, I have been on Pomalyst and dexamethasone chemo treatment (Pom/dex).

Weekly chemo-inspired self-portraits can be viewed in my flickr album.

Riding to sunsetRiding to sunset

Week 61 Chemo Complete: Multiple Perspectives

For this self-portrait, more about
I sat down on a stool in my room, set my camera on a slow shutter speed and moved my head from side to side, using my remote to take pictures. Multiple myeloma can be really rough so I’m fortunate that I’m well enough to pursue photography. Taking self-portraits provide a positive outlet that benefits my health and well-being. As the weather continues to warm up, I plan to spend more time being creative in the outdoors.

When I saw my Glaucoma Specialist a couple of weeks ago, my eye pressure was 22, which was above normal (14). So last week I had two diagnostic tests that are useful for detecting glaucoma: a Humphrey Visual Field (HVF) test and a Heidelberg Retina Tomograph (HRT).

Humphrey Visual Field (HVF) testHumphrey Visual Field test

The HVF test uses a Humphrey machine to determine if there are defects in the central and peripheral vision. A patch is put over the person’s eye while focusing on a bright light in the middle of the field. Lights of various intensity appear throughout the field and when the person sees them, they press a clicker to acknowledge it.

Heidelberg Retina TomographHeidelberg Retina Tomograph

The HRT test looks at changes to the topography of the optic nerve by taking a 3-D image of each eye to determine if there is any nerve damage causing blind spots. The results are then compared with a baseline from a previous test.

Glaucoma is more common in black people so it is something I really have to cautious about, as the dexamethasone I’m on as part of my chemo treatment can increase my eye pressure. I will keep everyone posted on what my Glaucoma Specialist says when we meet again in June.

Staying positive!

To recap: On Sunday, April 10th, I completed Cycle 16 Week 1. 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. Since February 9th 2015, I have been on Pomalyst and dexamethasone chemo treatment (Pom/dex).

Weekly chemo-inspired self-portraits can be viewed in my flickr album.

Sun sets on Granville IslandMay 2014: Sun sets on Granville Island
Week 61 Chemo Complete: Multiple Perspectives

For this self-portrait, no rx
I sat down on a stool in my room, set my camera on a slow shutter speed and moved my head from side to side, using my remote to take pictures. Multiple myeloma can be really rough so I’m fortunate that I’m well enough to pursue photography. Taking self-portraits provide a positive outlet that benefits my health and well-being. As the weather continues to warm up, I plan to spend more time being creative in the outdoors.

When I saw my Glaucoma Specialist a couple of weeks ago, my eye pressure was 22, which was above normal (14). So last week I had two diagnostic tests (see photos in comments) that are useful for detecting glaucoma: a Humphrey Visual Field (HVF) test and a Heidelberg Retina Tomograph (HRT).

Humphrey Visual Field (HVF) testHumphrey Visual Field test

The HVF test uses a Humphrey machine to determine if there are defects in the central and peripheral vision. A patch is put over the person’s eye while focusing on a bright light in the middle of the field. Lights of various intensity appear throughout the field and when the person sees them, they press a clicker to acknowledge it.

Heidelberg Retina TomographHeidelberg Retina Tomograph

The HRT test looks at changes to the topography of the optic nerve by taking a 3-D image of each eye to determine if there is any nerve damage causing blind spots. The results are then compared with a baseline from a previous test.

Glaucoma is more common in black people so it is something I really have to cautious about, as the dexamethasone I’m on as part of my chemo treatment can increase my eye pressure. I will keep everyone posted on what my Glaucoma Specialist says when we meet again in June.

Staying positive!

To recap: On Sunday, April 10th, I completed Cycle 16 Week 1. 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. Since February 9th 2015, I have been on Pomalyst and dexamethasone chemo treatment (Pom/dex).

Weekly chemo-inspired self-portraits can be viewed in my flickr album.

Sun sets on Granville IslandMay 2014: Sun sets on Granville Island
Week 61 Chemo Complete: Multiple Perspectives

For this self-portrait, troche
I sat down on a stool in my room, online
set my camera on a slow shutter speed and moved my head from side to side, using my remote to take pictures. Multiple myeloma can be really rough so I’m fortunate that I’m well enough to pursue photography. Taking self-portraits provide a positive outlet that benefits my health and well-being. As the weather continues to warm up, I plan to spend more time being creative in the outdoors.

When I saw my Glaucoma Specialist a couple of weeks ago, my eye pressure was 22, which was above normal (14). So last week I had two diagnostic tests that are useful for detecting glaucoma: a Humphrey Visual Field (HVF) test and a Heidelberg Retina Tomograph (HRT).

Humphrey Visual Field (HVF) testHumphrey Visual Field test

The HVF test uses a Humphrey machine to determine if there are defects in the central and peripheral vision. A patch is put over the person’s eye while focusing on a bright light in the middle of the field. Lights of various intensity appear throughout the field and when the person sees them, they press a clicker to acknowledge it.

Heidelberg Retina TomographHeidelberg Retina Tomograph

The HRT test looks at changes to the topography of the optic nerve by taking a 3-D image of each eye to determine if there is any nerve damage causing blind spots. The results are then compared with a baseline from a previous test.

Glaucoma is more common in black people so it is something I really have to cautious about, as the dexamethasone I’m on as part of my chemo treatment can increase my eye pressure. I will keep everyone posted on what my Glaucoma Specialist says when we meet again in June.

Staying positive!

To recap: On Sunday, April 10th, I completed Cycle 16 Week 1. 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. Since February 9th 2015, I have been on Pomalyst and dexamethasone chemo treatment (Pom/dex).

Weekly chemo-inspired self-portraits can be viewed in my flickr album.

Sun sets on Granville IslandMay 2014: Sun sets on Granville Island
Week 62 chemo complete: Loving Spring

After a few days spend reading on the beach, dosage
on Friday I wandered down a hidden path and discovered some flowering trees, side effects
which helped me appreciate the beauty of Spring. Although it was lightly raining, and
I was protected by a tree canopy overhead.

Loving Spring, excited for summer adventures.

To recap: On Sunday, April 17th, I completed Cycle 16 Week 2. 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. Since February 9th 2015, I have been on Pomalyst and dexamethasone chemo treatment (Pom/dex).

Weekly chemo-inspired self-portraits can be viewed in my flickr album.

Steveston - Britannia ShipyardsMay 2014: Steveston – Britannia Shipyards

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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