Friday, February 17, 2012

The Sleeping Giant

It has been over seven months since my transplant and I am feeling pretty well most of the time. My WBC and RBC are below normal, but have stayed about the same for the last three weeks. Tomorrow, I will have my Cycle 4/Week 4 doctor’s appointment and infusion and then I will have the next week off, so that means two weeks between infusions. That should give my platelets a chance to rebound. There will be two more five week cycles of velcade and then it will be watch and wait.

I feel like I have a sleeping giant in my life and it could awaken at any time. I know that relapse is a high possibility with an autologous transplant, but I hope this giant is exhausted and needs a good long sleep. I am not ready to go through another transplant. Some days I feel incredibly sad and especially so the last few weeks.


  1. Hi Carole
    I got to your blog through looking at debs journey with myeloma on word press. I havent had a chance to read all your posts yet but wanted to post a quick comment as we seem to have alot in common, myeloma wise! I too have just started a blog which I couldnt have possilby have done last year whilst on treatment but now in remission post stem cell transplant on 1st September. I like your reference to the sleeping giant as that is exactly what life is like now isnt it. Waiting to relapse but trying to enjoy it. my blog is

    I look forward to following your journal.

    Best Wishes


  2. Hi Wendy,
    Thank you for your comments and I will surely visit your blog and start following it. Isn't it amazing how something as unpleasant as multiple myeloma can bring people together in a positive way from all over the world?

    Congratulations on your remission! When I first learned I was in remission, I didn't quite know how to react. I was extremely happy, but it felt so weird after two years of battling this disease. Of course, the battle is never really over with MM. I am taking it one day at a time and trying to enjoy every minute just like you.

    Best wishes to you,
    Carole Leigh