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Sea-salted star-stuff… gifts and miracles

“The cosmos is within us. We are made of star-stuff. We are a way for the universe to know itself.” ― Carl Sagan I’d like to share something written by my friend Rebecca (with an acknowledged nod to Carl Sagan), who is still in … Continue reading

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Joyeux anniversaire à moi!

I’ve done it! I’ve survived the first year post-allogeneic (unrelated donor) stem cell transplant. That’s really quite something to celebrate, especially as I’ve not just survived, but I’m doing pretty well… you might even say thriving! Thursday 16 May was … Continue reading

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Identity shift

On 16 April, I was eleven months post-transplant. That’s almost a year! And what a celebration I’m going to have for my one-year anniversary, on 16 May! But for now, I’m quite content with quietly appreciating how well things are … Continue reading

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The ‘C’ word

I’ve put off writing this post for a few weeks because I’ve been getting my own head around the ramifications, before sharing it with the world and having to deal with people’s reactions, as much as anything else. At my … Continue reading

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Keeping my eye on the ball

One of the vulnerabilities for patients after a donor transplant is Pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP). According to Wiki: “Pneumocystis is commonly found in the lungs of healthy people, but, being a source of opportunistic infection, it can cause a lung infection in people with a weak … Continue reading

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Six months on

16 November marked six months post-transplant, so time for a quick update. And it’s mostly good news… The frequency of my clinic appointments is going down, as is the number of drugs I’m now taking. When I first came out … Continue reading

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Striving for Balance

Endeavouring to find balance seems to be my current new way of life… and doing a lot of wobbling in the process. On a medical level, the doctors have been striving for balance of the Ciclosporin (immune-suppressant) dosage. They needed to … Continue reading

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