So it has been months since I have last blogged….. I have very much fallen guilty to not blogging when things are going well! Life is going well, although as ever it likes to send some curve balls.
I’m settled in my new job at BGL. In April I bought my first house and am loving having my own space (probably as much as my dad is loving having his!) The decorating/furnishing is very much still a working progress, but we are getting there!
Unfortunately just as life is starting to fall back into place my health hits it apparent 2 year cycle….. On Tuesday I paid my 3 monthly visit to Kings Hospital where it was flagged that my platelets had dropped to under 100. The decision was made to take a bone marrow biopsy to determine the root cause, with the hope it was just going to be a blip.
On Thursday afternoon I received the phone call from my consultant telling me that it isn’t a blip and actually my cancer has returned. We are awaiting the full results of the biopsy over the next week or so, but we know it definitely isn’t a blip.
The good news is that we believe we have caught it in the early stages of relapse. This means we should be able to treat it with outpatient chemotherapy drug called azacitidine which I have had before. This will be combined with some top up cells from my donor to try and wipe out the cancer.
Emotionally this has all come as a massive shock to be honest. I’ve been so well and haven’t had any symptoms other than bruising and more frequent headaches, but nothing that would have been a real red flag. I don’t yet feel upset or angry. I think I’ve accepted it, although I’m not sure how real it all feels just yet. Think it will need some time to digest.
My plan is to continue as normal for as long as possible and just take each day as it comes. Treatment will start once communication has properly occurred between Kings and my local hospital and they have fully decided the POA!