Be Aware!

Today is the start of Myeloma Awareness Week and I make non bones (pardon the pun) about sharing some of the promotional material released today.  The focus of the campaign this year is Early Diagnosis and since I have crossed one hurdle it is worth emphasise that 1 in 5 people who are diagnosed are [...]

Pins & Needles

As the chemotherapy treatment progresses there are signs of some of the side effects becoming manifest. One of these is Peripheral Neuropathy. This term describes damage to the nerves in the hands, feet, arms and legs and is both a symptom of Myeloma and it's treatment with Valcade (Bortezomib) and other chemotherapy drugs such as [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Light Chains

Myeloma can be classified by according to the type of defective immunoglobin (paraprotein) produced by the myeloma cell. However, it is easier to classify it by it's genetic subtype. There are several different types of immunoglobin (aka antibodies). Each is 'Y' shaped and made of two identical Heavy Chains and two identical Light Chains There [...]