Chemo makes my mind muddled, so thinking clearly is difficult. I’m always debating what needs to get done today and whether I can just stay home instead. This morning I was unable to articulate a concept for a self-portrait, until I realized that I could use the opportunity to express my ongoing struggles with mental & physical fatigue. I find that I’m happiest doing passive activities like reading or relaxing, because I don’t have to be overwhelmed by everything around me, such as during trips for groceries or getting around on transit.
I welcome the quiet.
To recap: On Sunday, August 20th, I completed Cycle 33 Week 4. 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). On July 16th, my dexamethasone treatment ended, due to eye damage, reported by my Glaucoma Specialist, from long-term use.
Weekly chemo-inspired self-portraits can be viewed in my flickr album.