Back in June 2010 I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia. In November 2010 I had a successful stem cell transplant from my sister which continues to keep my bone marrow and blood in remission. Unfortunately, in Feburary 2012 I relapsed as a tumour made up of Leukaemic cells was discovered in my chest.
This time I was fortunate enough to benefit from a new chemotherapy drug called Nelarabine, which specifically targets T-cell Leukaemia, the type that I have. It is thanks to charities like Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research that new drugs are created, and treatment for blood cancers continues to improve.
I am once again back on the road to recovery, and like last year I will be taking part in the Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research London Bikeathon. Last year I completed the 52 mile course, and this year I aim to complete 75 miles around the Olympic Cycle course. This is definitely much more of a challenge for me, especially as I have much less time to train once my treatment finishes, but one I will approach with my full commitment.
Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research is obviously a charity that is very close to my heart, but it is clear to see how much it can benefit blood cancer patients. Please give as generously as you can.