I’ve Graduated

The side effects aren’t nearly as strong as 50 shots ago. There’s much less itching, redness and tenderness around the injection site on my stomach. The chemouflage has faded. I rarely experience Bug Zapper syndrome anymore. These may be signs that my body has become accustomed to the Chemotherapy drug, Velcade. I went to the hospital this morning for the final blood draw and shot in my prescribed two year, bi-weekly series of low dose chemo infusions. The doctor, nurses, everyone was offering congratulations. There were hugs and well wishings. The fact that it was New Years Eve may have contributed to the feeling of a life chapter ending. When I was presented with my usual After Visit Summary printout, I felt I had just been handed a diploma confirming my graduation; a diploma representing a two year degree in Needle Injection Theory.

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My Grandson listening intently as I dispense another pearl of wisdom (Thanks for this picture, Robin)

What’s next? I will be tested every three months for as long as the cancer does not proceed. When it does (as I’m reminded that Myeloma always will) we will begin treatments with one or more new drugs that have just recently become available.

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8 comments on “I’ve Graduated

  1. Don MacDonald says:

     Happy  News years  to ya ok in  couple more hours .That it grate NEWS !! SO HAPPY FOR YA .  That is   a sine of a good year coming to ya. This makes my night and new years even better.  YUP we do have to come down and say  hi and spend some time with your guys when we can get the time.  Lately time is something I cant fine for we have been busy  with a lot going on .  OVER Christmas we had a few family dinners and get together”s with Dianes family that is the only family have. NOthing on my side. some times feels strange to say that but I have learn to live with it.      As a matter of a fact I will try to call ya over the weeken.  So have a grate evening and tell your Diane we say hi.  Happy for ya !!!  DON thank you

    • scanfie says:

      Thanks, Don. I know what you mean about being busy, it’s unreal. I suppose if I ever get caught up, I won’t know what to do…… Naw, I have long lists; I won’t get caught up.

  2. Linda says:

    Beautiful pics Scott; thanks for sharing – and yes the one with you and grandson is special. Many blessings to you and Diane for the New Year and beyond.

  3. Tom Struck says:

    Congratulations and may you find many more blessings in 2016. Thanks once again, Scott, for sharing your heart in such a simple yet profound way. A blessed new year to you and Diane.

  4. Tamara Wright says:

    Great pic, you two!

    • scanfie says:

      Thanks, Tami. I’m so glad Robin got that shot, I just love it. It’s hanging on the wall above me right now and makes me smile each time I look at it.

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