For the second time in three months I have attended the funeral of a friend who has died of cancer. Another peer (a year younger than me) who succumbed to this dreadful illness.Pete was externally positive and always thinking of others. Today's funeral was as much celebration as anything else. The church was packed and [...]
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.
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. [...]
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. [...]
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 [...]
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.
I'm here at the dentist. As if I didn't spend enough time with the medical profession these days. It's hard to believe that I only used to visit the doctor once a year at best for Hay Fever prescriptions. I'm here for a check up, but in reality I'm joining the dentist as I gave [...]
Today is the day I was supposed to meet with the consultant from Nottingham. This meeting is an important one as it marks the end of the first phase of chemotherapy. This officially finishes at the end of next week, though as ever it is an off-chemo week meaning my current chemo ends this week. [...]
As life changes for me this post reflects on the places I have visited and the memories we have I made.
Even with sleeping tablets last night I was asleep much later and awake quite early - so I'm chilled out in the the bedroom late this Sunday morning. Having got up a bit earlier and been to the early service at St George's Church (in truth this early service was a bit too traditional for [...]
Each Tuesday and Friday they take blood. This is sent to Haematology for testing ahead of my Valcade injections. The values obtained determine the dose of Valcade, though in practice they work in arrears i.e. Today's Valcade relies on Tuesday's results. What are they measuring? My booklet records 4 values denoted Hb, WBC, Plts and [...]