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Reactionary

Summertime, And the livin’ is easy Mosquitos are bitin’ And the cotton is high Paraphrased from George Gershwin Oh dear! These little fellas are causing me all kinds of problems. (I understand that it’s the male mosquitos who make that … 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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“Thou art a boil, a plague sore, an embossed carbuncle in my corrupted blood.”

– William Shakespeare, King Lear Okay, that’s it for the supremely apt (with the corrupted blood and all) highbrow culture… Now let’s get down to the nitty-gritty, lowbrow, down-to-earth, graphic bit… I have a boil on my back. Below are … Continue reading

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January 2013

January 2013 marks eight months post-transplant, so time for an update… I’m well and truly over the virus I had over New Year… and the accompanying anxiety. My blood counts remain good. I don’t even look at the results now. The … 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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Breaking a taboo

It’s taken me quite some time to dare to write this post; it feels like such an unmentionable topic. But, I’m coming out… I have genital warts. There, I’ve said it! Phew! But, don’t fear, I will NOT be posting … 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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“A walk in the park…”

These were the words uttered by my consultant a couple of weeks ago, in relation to my forthcoming allogeneic (donor) stem cell transplant… “It will be like a walk in the park compared to the autologous (my own cells) transplant.” … Continue reading

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What happens next?

Although I’ve hinted, I’ve not yet written about what happens after this round of treatment on Velcade. Those of you with Myeloma or other blood cancers will know or guess what’s on the cards, but for the rest of you, … Continue reading

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Cold season

Yes, it’s winter and like many other people, I have a cold! I don’t have influenza and I don’t have pneumonia, and in fact, I have one of the mildest colds I’ve ever had… so far at any rate. This … Continue reading

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