Week 119 chemo complete: What if …

Week 119 chemo complete: What if …

What if … I say the wrong thing?
What if … I become fatigued?
What if … my memory fails?
What if … I get confused?
What if … I make a new friend?
What if … I learn something new?
What if … someone makes me smile?

One of the side effects of chemo treatment are an enhanced desire to hide away from the world. Voices in our heads shout out all the things that could go wrong when we leave our ‘safe zone’.

Although those negative thoughts can be overwhelming, I continue to seek out the positive voices that share the benefits of social interaction, of spending time with friends, of making happy memories.

Today someone will make me smile.

To recap: On Sunday, May 14th, I completed Cycle 30 Week 3. I have Multiple Myeloma and anemia, a rare cancer of the immune system. Multiple myeloma is a cancer of the plasma cells that affects the plasma cells, a type of immune cell that produces antibodies to fight infection. These plasma cells are found in the bone marrow. As a 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.

Waiting on letters from a friendMay 2014: Granville Island

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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