This year I turn 29 but my girls keep working out my age to be 40. I decided that I wanted to do something to celebrate turning 29, so I signed up for some challenging races. Those that know me know I love a challenge.
Hardmoors 55 – March 19th
London Marathon – April 24th
Hardmoors 160 – April 29th
Lakeland 100 – July 29th
Hardmoors 60 – Sept 17th
I am raising money for Bright Red as Pete, my friends husband was diagnosed with blood cancer last year.
Christmas 2014 was pretty normal spent with my wife and children, (aged 11, 9 and 9 at the time). A great day all round. In the lull that followed we booked our holiday for the following Christmas and new year with great excitement, especially for the kids..
A few weeks later in February I was diagnosed with a blood cancer. The only treatment available to me was a stem cell transplant (bone marrow transplant).
In my mind the clock was ticking, the only thing I could think about was my family and what they would do without a husband, father and son??.
My two brothers were tested and unfortunately were not a match. Only 25% of patients find a match in their sibling.
We started thinking it will be okay, there's loads of people on the bone marrow registers, it came as a great shock to learn that there was only one match in the whole world!!! A female in the UK.
Many questions entered my mind, would they be able to contact her? Would she still be willing? Would she be able to donate?
All my family and friends were just as anxious. The donor was contacted very quickly and agreed straight away to go ahead, what a relief to hear that news.
After lots of hospital admissions and near misses caused by infections I finally had my transplant at the freeman hospital in Newcastle on June 24th 2015.
I spent the over three weeks in isolation on ward 33 (home to Bright Red, a charity that helps to improve the lives and treatment of people living in the North, who are dealing with blood cancer) visited only by my wife Jen and one friend. I am doing well and still have clinic appointment fortnightly at Newcastle, and cannot praise the staff involved in my care enough.
The charity have upgraded some of the isolation rooms to make them more homely and less hospital like, they also provide kindles and iPads for patients to borrow on the ward. They also provide funding for research and outreach nurses.
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