Stephen Pemberton

  • AV8R started the topic Colesevelam in the forum Treatment 6 years, 11 months ago

    My apologies if anyone else has discussed this.

    I was diagnosed with MM in October 2011 and recruited onto the Myeloma XI trial. After 4 cycles of Revlimid, Cyclophosphamide and Dexamethasone my response deteriorated so I received 2 cycles of Velcade, Cyclophosphamide and Dexamethasone. I then received high dose therapy and stem cell transplant…[Read more]

  • AV8R replied to the topic bone marrow biopsy in the forum General 7 years, 11 months ago

    It’s a shame to read that some patients have suffered undue pain during Bone Marrow Biopsy. I was diagnosed in October 2011 and have since received three BMBs. The first at Weston General Hospital and the other two at the Avon Haematology Centre in Bristol. On each occasion I was given local anaesthetic with great care. I was told what was going…[Read more]

  • AV8R replied to the topic Partial Remission in the forum General 8 years, 3 months ago

    Charlie

    Very good to hear from you. I trust that like me the Revlimid is not giving you any great problems. I get slight constipation and runny tummy but both are minor and easily managed.

    I trust your SCT was not too arduous. My Paraprotein was slow to go down to the plateau of 5 so maybe you will see further change. Even so, if you’re f…[Read more]

  • AV8R replied to the topic Info prior to sct in the forum General 8 years, 4 months ago

    Hello

    I’m sorry to hear about your husband who, reading your other posts, has had a rough time. I believe you are in the right place on Myeloma UK who publish some excellent guidance and provide this forum where you can express yourself and perhaps get some reassurance.

    Looking at your questions I think you remain uncertain about the benefit o…[Read more]

  • AV8R replied to the topic Getting Blood Test Results in the forum General 8 years, 4 months ago

    Hi Graham

    It’s disappointing to hear of your experiences. The comment from TonyF will no doubt give you some hope.

    I wonder whether your experience has been with just one specific consultant and if so, maybe a change would be appropriate.

    Like many others on this forum I’ve been able to get blood results when I’ve asked. Whilst I was recei…[Read more]

  • AV8R replied to the topic Travel insurance in the forum General 8 years, 4 months ago

    Grey

    It’s refreshing to hear your views on travel insurance. In another thread I had published the fact that my wife and I currently accept insurance without myeloma being covered. Despite indicating that “This suits us but might not be appropriate for others”, it resulted in a stern comment from one contributor that such a strategy was wrong…[Read more]

  • AV8R replied to the topic Rating of Hospitals in the forum General 8 years, 4 months ago

    Hi Jeff

    Last year I attended the Infoday at Cardiff. I was most surprised to hear about the varying standards that patients seem to encounter.

    As I’ve mentioned elsewhere on the forum, I rate Bristol very highly. Yes things do occasionally go awry such as my notes not arriving in time for my Zometa treatment but the staff are apologetic and s…[Read more]

  • AV8R replied to the topic Partial Remission in the forum General 8 years, 4 months ago

    Many thanks for your comments everyone.

    Having taken some time out from the forum, I’m reminded that I’m not alone with this disease. Holidays are certainly possible although insurance can be an issue. Companies that claim to be “cancer friendly” don’t seem to be when you contact them. When I was first diagnosed, the consultant agreed that I…[Read more]

  • AV8R replied to the topic Swollen right Leg in the forum General 8 years, 5 months ago

    Hi David

    Firstly excellent news on your other post – keep well.

    I’m surprised about your DVT. Revlimid is known to carry a risk of thrombosis and so aspirin or Clexane is commonly prescribed. I’ve been on Revlimid both during initial treatment and now on maintenance and, since I have a “sensitive” stomach, I opted for Clexane. I was originally…[Read more]

  • AV8R started the topic Partial Remission in the forum General 8 years, 5 months ago

    I wonder if I might again profit from the experience of others on the forum?

    I was diagnosed with MM in October 2011 with a PP count of 56 and joined the Myeloma XI trial receiving RCD then VCD before stem cell transplant in July 2012. Before transplant my PP had only got as low as 18. My initial response to treatment seemed rather poor with PP…[Read more]

  • AV8R replied to the topic New look website in the forum Off topic 8 years, 5 months ago

    As suggested, I’ve been able to reset my password without problems. As discussed elsewhere, my profile was empty. Having replaced it I needed to edit it. On trying to edit, the text seemed to disappear completely!

    Also note that the link provided for renewal of Myeloma Matters in the routine letter no longer works. Presume you don’t want it…[Read more]

  • Hi Vicki

    Great to read that Colin is now on the ward. No doubt today he will have his stem cells infused. The time will soon pass and he will be home again so keep cheerful. We've just come back from 2 weeks in Cyprus which just goes to prove that there is life after HDT&SCT !

    Please give my best wishes to Colin and keep well…[Read more]

  • AV8R replied to the topic Colin SCT plan b! in the forum Treatment 9 years, 8 months ago

    Truly wonderful news. I've been reading your thread and worrying about your joint ordeal. You've had an incredibly difficult time but your determination is an inspiration to us all. If I understand you correctly, like me, you found the staff at Southmead to be amazing.

    Colin will indeed be exhausted from his efforts and I add my hope that he…[Read more]

  • AV8R replied to the topic Myeloma XI Trail in the forum Treatment 9 years, 10 months ago

    Hello Amanda

    Like your husband, I'm also on the Myeloma XI trial. I've just completed High Dose Therapy and Stem Cell Transplant and was discharged on 18th July. I must now wait until day 100 to see how well I've responded to treatment and whether I'm to be randomised for maintenance therapy.

    As Eve has said, each patient's response to…[Read more]

  • AV8R replied to the topic It's all starting! in the forum Treatment 9 years, 10 months ago

    Hi Tina

    Like you I'm on the Myeloma XI trial and was discharged from hospital on 18th July following High Dose Therapy and Stem Cell Transplant.

    It would seem that you are being admitted for Cyclopriming. This is a fairly large dose of Cyclophosphamide which will give your stem cells a kick start. It is common for this to be administered…[Read more]

  • AV8R replied to the topic Bristol SCT in the forum Treatment 9 years, 11 months ago

    Hello Dai

    Neutrophyls 0 for 11th to 15th. 0.03 on 16th, 0.38 on 17th, and 2.22 on 18th.

    I guess you win your bet. I win being home!

    Best wishes and keep well

    Stephen

  • AV8R replied to the topic Bristol SCT in the forum Treatment 9 years, 11 months ago

    This will be my last entry on this discussion as, yesterday, I was discharged from hospital and allowed to come home. 16 nights is hardly a record but certainly below the norm.

    During my isolation I was provided prints of my blood tests on a daily basis. It was fascinating to watch them deteriorate due to the melphalan but even more amazing…[Read more]

  • AV8R replied to the topic Bristol SCT in the forum Treatment 9 years, 12 months ago

    It's probably worth me providing a brief update: Today is day 12 since I was admitted and I should now be in the "low point". Yes my neutrophils and platelets have gone right down but I'm coping quite well. I got a brief temperature "spike" which prompted the medical team to give me anti-biotics and now my platelet count at 5 will result in me…[Read more]

  • AV8R replied to the topic Bristol SCT in the forum Treatment 10 years ago

    Thank you so much to everyone for your kind words and (importantly) for the humour. It is most encouraging to know that others have had similar experiences to mine and that I can communicate with you as needed.

    I encourage anyone embarking on such treatment to similarly use the forum.

    Thanks everyone and keep well

    Stephen

  • AV8R started the topic Bristol SCT. in the forum Treatment 10 years ago

    Thanks for everyone's kind words on my last discussion.

    My connection from the Bristol Haematology Centre to the internet is somewhat flaky so I'm just hoping this will work.
    Day 1 was Monday 2nd July. I had my PICC installed and X-ray'd – a process which took about an hour. Not painful though a little tender when the local wore off. Then…[Read more]

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