Friday I was feeling pretty fatigued, either related to my multiple myeloma + anemia or side effects from dexamethasone. Whenever fatigue hits me, it makes it much harder to think. I find it best if I stop whatever I’m doing, and close my eyes. Napping helps me recharge. When I wake up I usually feel alive and refreshed – ready for new adventures.
On Sunday, August 26th, I completed Cycle 47 Week 1. 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 2017, my Dexamethasone treatment ended, due to right eye damage, reported by my Glaucoma Specialist, from long-term use. On January 9th, 2018 I began Ninlaro chemo to combat steadily rising cancer levels. On July 23rd, dexamethasone (40mg) was added to my Ninlaro and Pomalyst chemo treatment, due to excessively high cancer levels.
Weekly chemo-inspired self-portraits can be viewed in my flickr album.