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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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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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Discharged

After two nights in the Specialist Receiving Unit, and not being transferred to any other ward, neither oncology nor haematology, I was discharged. My whole stay in hospital was happily short-lived and uneventful. When I arrived on Sunday, I expected … Continue reading

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Just when you think it’s safe…

It’s over 7 months since the transplant and I’ve been very lucky… 100% chimerism, undetectable myeloma, very mild GvHD and no serious infections. Until now… For the past three days I’ve had an increasingly painful sore throat, with a phlegmy … 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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“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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