The results from my February monthly blood test were missing the m protein value. My particular type of multiple myeloma is less common and it is not always possible to get an m protein value – the best measure to determine my cancer levels. However, looking at less specific measures on my test results, I believe my cancer levels are similar to January (estimate between 13 and 14). The additional chemo seems to be keeping my cancer levels reasonably stable, however I remain hopeful for lower cancer levels for March.
M protein (g/L) (0 = cancer undetectable)
Feb = value missing (estimate between 13 and 14)
Jan = 13 (began Ninlaro chemo – 2 weeks prior)
Dec = between 10 and 11
Nov = 8
Late Oct = 9
Early Oct = between 5 and 6
Sept = under 7.7
Aug = value missing
July = 3.0 (ended dexamethasone – steroid)
Feb 2015 (began Pomalyst chemo + dexamethasone) = 36.1
Unfortunately, the side effects from two chemo has made me much more mentally and physically fatigued. My mind often wanders making it difficult to remain focused. However, everyday I give myself virtual gold stars for accomplishing challenging tasks with minimal mistakes.
Yes, everything takes longer than usual and I am quite forgetful, but each morning I wake up happy and ready for the day.
Photo: Life is full of adventure that begin with the first step outside your home.
To recap: On Sunday, February 25th, I completed Cycle 40 Week 3. I have multiple myeloma and anemia, a rare cancer of the immune system. Multiple myeloma 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. On January 9th I began Ninlaro chemo to combat steadily rising cancer levels.
Weekly chemo-inspired self-portraits can be viewed in my flickr album.