Dawn Chorus

The blackbird chirps away behind my window. Gladly greeting the morning. Regret not taking the sleeping tablet. It's been a steroid sleep. Wakeful hours. Toilet trips. Soon the midsummer sun will rise. A new day. An Abingdon day. Here to celebrate. A birthday. Nineteen Years on. Happy Birthday Son!

Inside Out

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 - [...]

New Routine….Same Wait

Chemo routine subtly changed. Still Tuesdays and  Fridays Still Bloods to be taken Still Valcade to inject Same observations. Same Questions  Numbness? Hearing? Walking? Buttons? Location changed Clinic 7 to Ingham Fast through Clinic 7 Same long wait at Ingham Staff down  Nurses short Pharmacy slow Some things don't change. Waiting.

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 [...]

Beginnings 

Looking back it would be difficult to identify when I first contracted Myeloma. It seems fair to say it was around before I noticed my shoulder back last December. Multiple Myeloma begins when cells in the bone marrow are subjected to external factors which might be environmental or chemical in origin and may be linked [...]

Weekly Photo Challenge: Doctor’s Orders

A contribution to this week's photo challenge :Order Each Tuesday and Friday it's the same routine at Clinic 7. You are given a number and you wait to be called to give blood for testing, followed by a check up (blood pressure, temperature and a short questionnaire designed to measure neuropathy. The blood readings then [...]

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 [...]

Drugs War

Progress is being made and I continue to remain  healthy and better than I have been for several months in so many ways. The chemotherapy is working but there is a battle going on, inside a drugs war against my very own mutant cells. The bad guys, Myeloma Cells, are being taken out but there [...]

Weekly Photo Challenge: Coffee Friends

A submission to this week's photo challenge: Friend. Taken outside the Fish Market in Mwanza last November. We were on a walk around the lakeside peninsular with Fiona, a walking friend, when we came across these guys drinking Kahawa (coffee) - they invited us to join us in a brew and we enjoyed several steaming [...]