Chronic fatigue and chemo brain due to my multiple myeloma, generic anemia, stuff and chemo treatment is the worst and it really saps creativity out of me. I find that I’m pretty drained mentally doing my self-portraits so once they are done, medications I just want to go home and crash. I’ve become very much an introvert. I rarely engage in conversation and minimize social interactions that centre around talking. I much prefer quiet time – reading a book or taking pictures.
Yesterday morning shortly after sunrise, I walked on Varley Trail at Lynn Headwater Regional Park on the North Shore. It is my favourite park to visit and I hadn’t been yet this Winter while there was snow on the ground. It was very icy and I actually fell in the snow. Fortunately, I didn’t mess up my tripod.
When I take morning self-portraits, I generally don’t know what shot I will end up with so I try and arrive as early as possible to sunrise to scout out different locations and practice different poses. By the time, I get something I’m happy with (spent about 40min by the creek today), the lighting will be good for the photo.
I love photography, I love being around nature, and I love sharing my adventures. I’m going to keep doing what makes me happy today, because I don’t know what may happen in my life tomorrow.
To recap: On Sunday, February 5th, I completed Cycle 26 Week 4. I have Multiple Myeloma and anemia, a rare blood cancer. It is incurable, but treatable. 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.