Myeloma Treatment (The Battle)

A summary of the whole process I am undergoing.

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Weekly Photo Challenge : Evanescent Rainbows

A submission to this week's photo challenge : Evanescent Rainbows are quintessentially evanescent - gone in moments. Life is like that too as I am finding out so it's really important to enjoy the moment as much as you can. Taken from our trip to a Victoria Falls in Zambia back in 2015- the rainbows caused … Continue reading Weekly Photo Challenge : Evanescent Rainbows

Doldrums

It would be fair to say that life is becoming routine. Six weeks after my return to England and three weeks after I was released from hospital there is a new equilibrium.  Life has changed do much in the past month and as the tornado disperses I am now finding myself in a calmer place … Continue reading Doldrums

World Blood Cancer Day

Today is World Blood Cancer Day #wbcd. The content of post comes from the WBCD website - I cannot summarise it any better myself. Diagnosis: blood cancer. Every 35 seconds, someone somewhere in the world receives the shattering news that they have been diagnosed with blood cancer. Many patients are children and young people. What … Continue reading World Blood Cancer Day

Sunday Summary – 28th May (Symptoms)

Three weeks on from my previous Sunday Summary and a chance to take stock of where things are. This is a summary which is a good stopping off point if you are interested but don't want to wade through all my posts. I am now very much out of hospital and undergoing chemotherapy as an outpatient. I … Continue reading Sunday Summary – 28th May (Symptoms)

Twenty Two Years

Today is our twenty second wedding anniversary. We are spending it over 4000 miles apart. The toughest part for both of us has been the trans-continental split in the family. We have been apart for over almost six weeks and will be for almost two months more. The challenge of the Myeloma and its treatments … Continue reading Twenty Two Years

Doctor Doctor Playlist

Medical professionals feature a lot in my life at the moment and so in their honour here is another playlist compiled from my iTunes, using key words of medical professionals (doctor, nurse, sister, surgeon). Just a bit of fun for a Saturday afternoon. It's obvious to start with one of my favorite Thompson Twins track. … Continue reading Doctor Doctor Playlist

Steroids

Part of my treatment for a Myeloma involves the use of a steroid (Dexamethasone). Dexamethasone is a type of corticosteroid called a glucocorticoid. Dexamethasone helps to reduce inflammation and calms an overactive immune system. Dexamethasone mimics the effect of cortisol, a hormone released by the adrenal glands (located on top of the kidneys) that controls … Continue reading Steroids

Better by Far

As I am in the middle of my second bout of Chemotherapy it's time to reflect on where things are. I expected that the chemotherapy would be making me ill. You here scare stories of hair loss and sickness. Maybe that will come, though I am assured hair loss is unlikely with Valcade.  In truth … Continue reading Better by Far

Weekly Photo Challenge: Evanescent

A submission to this week's photo challenge : Evanescent Africa, my home for the past 2.5 years. A place which has a strong affinity for me. Mwanza, my home Tanzania my country for this time. Yet soon it will fade into memory. Sadly my Myeloma means I will not return. My last footsteps were actually in … Continue reading Weekly Photo Challenge: Evanescent

A bit of birding …

.. and a bit more. When I was in Tanzania I really got into bird watching. The bird life around Lake Victoria is amazingly diverse and I don't imagine I will ever find the same diversity in the UK. Even so, during my recovery I plan to get back into the pastime - a chance … Continue reading A bit of birding …

Outpatient 

Today was the start of my second series of Chemotherapy. The first series had been entirely carried out on Waddington Ward, however today was the first time I had done this as an outpatient. The difference being that I first had to attend the doctor's surgery where I had my blood tested for my  INR. … Continue reading Outpatient 

Fellowship

This morning I had the opportunity to attend my church of 26 years St Mary's Bletchley. It was great to be back at a service. I had been there on Friday for Rachel's thanksgiving service, but this was a chance to attend a regular service. As with so much of my weekend it was a … Continue reading Fellowship