People often say that I look well and in many ways I feel healthy and look reasonably well, but Myeloma can be a deceptive disease. Deep within my body there are lots of things going on and the drugs needed to control these processes are numerous. At the moment my main concerns remain Kidney function - [...]
My Personal Fight with Multiple Myeloma
It is now time to share one of the longest running sagas of my Myeloma. A long running dispute which has only been partially resolved at the very end of our time in Tanzania.
The photos tell it all. Picked up the family at Heathrow this morning - Reunited.
I have woken with a bad headache. Interestingly that in the last few months my general health has been good and I have had little in the way of other illness. At the same time I have been much more attuned to my body. I think the fact you're being tested and measured on such [...]
I'm free. I have no scheduled appointments at hospital for many weeks ahead. 😃 Today I met with my consultant who does not need to see me again until October, after my Stem Cell transplantation has taken place. That leaves only my scheduled stem cell harvesting in late August and the transplantation in early October. [...]
A submission to this week's photo challenge: Unusual Jakobsen's Beach near Kigoma, Tanzania, lies on the shores of Lake Tangyanika near to the location where Stanley net Livingstone. However, it is particularly unusual for its mini herd of four zebra that wander the forest in and amongst the guest houses. There is no nearby safari park [...]
The next phase of my treatment is going to involve the use of Stem Cells. My own stem cells! Stem Cells are immature cells. Blood forming stem cells are found in the bone marrow, they are known as mononuclear cells and are continually growing into mature blood cells (red blood cells, white blood cells or [...]
Today I went to Nottingham. This important visit was to meet with the medical team at Nottingham City Hospital who are overseeing the next phase of my treatment. That being the production, extraction and reinsertion of my stem cells back into my body either side of some intensive chemotherapy to destroy the remaining Myeloma cells. [...]
A contribution to this week's photo challenge:Collage Sunsets from across Africa.
As my link to Africa comes to an end for now. So I thought I'd share an Africa playlist - different to the others as it contains not only songs which contain the word Africa but also some of the songs which were popular while we were out there - played in the bars and [...]
It's just about a week now until the family leave Mwanza. I'm looking forward to seeing them back in the UK - it's over three months since I bid my wife and daughter farewell on that twilit Kenyan Easter Monday Morning. Yet at the same time as I am excited to see them - there [...]
A contribution to this week’s photo challenge – collage
A submission to this week’s photo-challenge: Collage
Two years ago we were in the middle of our epic journey across Africa from Lake Victoria to Victoria Falls. I’ve decided to revisit this blog and to update it having never done so since it was composed on route. It’s a work in progress but I hope to complete it in the next week or so.
My challenge here is to summarise our trip from Mwanza to Livingstone and back using one image from each day to represent the day as a collage of our 29 days on the road.
This morning I have reached a milestone. I am here at Ingham Suite for my last Valcade Injection. This is the chemotherapy drug which I have been taking twice a week for the past three months. For once I didn't need to have my bloods done, this has quickened the whole process. Monday's trip to [...]
Recently in Mwanza a group of expats and Tanzanian nationals have started up a group called Mwanza Storytellers. The aim is to allow people to share their stories on a chosen theme. So approximately once a month they have gathered at the Yacht Club. Anita was asked to talk at the most recent (and her [...]
The first manifestation of which I was aware of in Multiple Myeloma was the severe pain in my right shoulder. This became apparent in December. I naturally roll over to my right when I am going to sleep at night and I began to notice that this was becoming increasingly sore and uncomfortable. By February [...]
A contribution to the new photo challenge:Collage A collage of Herbal Teas to give a little variety in my beverages.