Free

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.  [...]

Getting Mobilised

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 [...]

Next Steps

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. [...]

Weekly Photo Challenge: V2V Collage

A contribution to this week’s photo challenge – collage

Victoria to Victoria

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.

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Frustrations

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. [...]

Hb, WBC, Plts & Neuts?

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 [...]