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May 22, 2018
I have begun treatment for Multiple Myeloma (bone cancer) at UT Southwestern in Dallas Texas on 1/12/2018. I am in a clinical trial that adds a chemo drug that is a specific antibody to the myeloma cells in conjunction with the standard care of 3 other chemo drugs. The standard drugs are 2 that are taken orally, with one given as a shot. The study drug requires an IV transfusion which takes about 5 - 6 hours. I go to Dallas on Tuesdays for the shot and blood work and Fridays for the IV and another shot and of course blood work. This will continue for 4 cycles of 3 weeks on and then 1 week off before it starts the next cycle. I should not lose my hair during these 4 cycles! The next phase is the stem cell transplant in which I will be hospitalized for 2 weeks and given mega doses of chemo at which time I will lose the hair but most importantly those nasty myeloma cells. I have completed one IV infusion and tolerated it well, and have only experienced mild reactions to the other 3 medications. Unbelievably, I am feeling hopeful as this new journey unfolds and pray that I can handle this with grace and humor. (Hospital crew is so easy to make laugh, maybe in time I can prank them but I am still learning the ropes)
I am ever so grateful to be in all of your thoughts and prayers and will continue to keep yuz guz updated.