Week 135 of chemo complete: Quiet reflection on Bowen Island

Saturday morning I travelled to Bowen Island. I had checked the weather forecast for Vancouver and it said cloudy all day, so I figured that arriving on the 9am ferry would provide soft light through the clouds. Well, something went wrong. The sky was blue, the sun was bright, with harsh shadows everywhere. I then realized I should have checked the forecast for Bowen Island. Lesson learned. Next time, I’ll arrive shortly after sunrise to take my self-portraits.

As I walked through the Memorial Garden in Crippen Regional Park, I felt a sense of peace around me as I read some of the memorial plaques dedicated to departed loved ones placed on benches. A beautiful place to visit. Unfortunately after I took a few self-portraits, I was quite exhausted from my travels, and ended my adventure earlier than I would have liked.

See you soon Bowen Island!

Week 135 of chemo complete: Quiet reflection on Bowen Island

To recap: On Sunday, September 10th, I completed Cycle 34 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). 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.

StevestonMay 2014: Steveston

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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