Luke Ponsonby
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5 Years on

Luke Ponsonby
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13 Feb 2017

It will be 5 years on 14th of February since I began my journey.

I have been meaning to write a blog post for Bloodwise for a while now, I have never found the motivation and/or time to do it. It’s not because I don’t want to, I have never known what to write.

It will be 5 years on 14th of February since I began my journey.

I was admitted into hospital after feeling ill/under the weather/generally awful and certainly not expecting the news to be Blood Cancer. I caught it quite late and within 48Hrs I was being given Chemotherapy. I think the overall sensation was not all doom and gloom but thinking “it’s not about if I get better but when I get better”. My family were incredible throughout my treatment and I am fortunate enough to have a twin sister who was a match for the bone marrow transplant.

I had three cycles of chemotherapy before being told that Francesca my twin was a match, she wasn’t a complete match but good enough to attempt the transplant. I had between 3-6 days out of hospital in-between each cycle/stint and 4 weeks before my transplant, the only difference I can think of too many others is that I had everything done in Italy, a place I had never been to before and did not understand or speak the language, which at time became very difficult to deal with. Saying that, I will always think that compared to others in my situation I have been extremely lucky.

So What is special about this post? Well I am doing pretty much the same thing that I was doing 5 years ago, Training out in Italy. I am a Helicopter Pilot and I am doing similar training out here to learn how to operate/fly a new helicopter. It is a very strange having déjà vu but thankfully it is only about my training and not my health!!!

I have written a blog before about training for the Blenheim Palace Triathlon which I hope to complete again, but this time, I am training for a bigger event which I don’t think I was born/built for…the London Marathon. From the very first cycle of chemotherapy I have wanted to run this marathon. My dad walked into my Hospital room and explained that he had signed up for the marathon and was running it for me and all the other people who had/have been diagnosed with this awful illness.

I am incredibly luckily to be running it on behalf of Bloodwise and as an ambassador even more thankful. Since getting better and being in remission, I have tried to maintain the mentality of; If you can see me at least trying to complete something as big as the marathon then in my eyes all is not lost. I know everybody has a different story and experiences but I was lucky to have dad do it and give me the motivation to get better and prove to myself that I can still be ‘Normal’. So now I want to show that, on the bad days when all you feel like doing is nothing and then you see a slightly out of place man yomping around London then, maybe you might have a little bit of a chuckle and feel slightly better so that one day in the not too distant future you might be able to something as well.

So 5 years on, pretty much to the day, I completed my flight training and test on a new aircraft and I am running the London marathon on behalf of Bloodwise…I cant really think of a better start to 2017 than that.

Thanks for reading :)