A very belated Happy New Year!
I finished chemo round 6 in January. Since then I have been trying to keep myself entertained by doing some very gentle yoga, reading (yoga books and books recommended by The Little Library Year), drawing and knitting. We go for a wee walk every day and see what's going on outside. Lockdown and lack of immune system limits what I can get up to.
In myself I'm generally feeling pretty good, if a bit sore and tired.
The chemo hasn't worked as well as the Drs would like (this is nothing to worry about) so the plan is to change my chemo and start it again later on in February. In the meantime they are going to collect stem cells from me, as the next type of chemo will damage my bone marrow cells. This treatment starts on Thursday, when I will start giving myself injections to stimulate bone marrow growth. This excessive growth will push stem cells into my bloodstream. I have been warned that this can be a bit sore. I'm hoping I won't have any of the listed side effects - pain, diarrhea and vomiting (yay). If enough stem cells are generated (fingers crossed), they will be collected next Monday (15th Feb) at the Beatson. The collection is done using a centrifuge; my blood gets pumped into the centrifuge which separates it into layers, the layer with the stem cells is kept and the rest is returned to me.
The collected cells will be frozen until transplant time.
One positive out of all this is I was eligible for the COVID vaccine, I received the first injection last Sunday with no side effects.
I hope the snow has been making you smile, I love watching the snow fall and watching the snow crystals sparkle in the sunshine.
That's all the news for now, keep warm and safe.