I am raising money for Myeloma UK as last summer my Dad managed to break his arm in a tube train door, which through many scans and blood tests lead to him being diagnosed with Myeloma, which was why it broke so easily.
Although I do remember our lecture on Myeloma during my 2nd year, I hardly knew anything more than the name and that it was some sort of cancer involving bones, as we had been taught the whole of Haematology in two afternoons of lectures. However, for the Myeloma lecture, the lecturer brought in a family, whose Father had been diagnosed with Myeloma about 7 years ago, and they spoke to us about what their dad had been through, and how they had all been affected. This really stuck in my mind a lot more than most of the other lectures during 2nd year, and was something that I thought a lot about after my Dad was diagnosed. All the information about Myeloma on the Myeloma UK website was incredibly useful for me and my family to educate us in what Myeloma is and what to expect over the next months and years.
The first stages of Dad's treatment were extremely successful, and so in January he received a stem cell transplant of his own stem cells, after a period of strong chemotherapy, and is currently recovering well in hospital. I have been amazed by the support he has received and how personalised and well planned his treatment has been. This is only possible due to the incredible research that has been done and is still going on, and Myeloma UK works to fund much of this research which can hopefully further improve the prognosis of patients with Myeloma in the future.
For this reason I am raising money for Myeloma UK to thank them for all the amazing work they do, and for everything they've done to help my Dad and our family.
Any donations will be massively appreciated and will hopefully keep me going through the next months of training and to the end of Ironman Copenhagen!
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