Alison Park
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Be positive

Alison Park
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15 Dec 2014

Hi, my name is Alison and I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia in April 2013. I was a busy mum and primary school teacher and had started to feel tired from around Jan. I had a chest infection in March and after having some antibiotics I continued to slowly deteriorate. I just put most of it down to being busy at home and work. When the two week Easter holidays came I thought I would have enough time off to recover. Unfortunately it never happened and when it got to the point when I could hardly get to the top of my stairs without having a rest I finally returned to the doctors. A blood test was taken at around lunchtime and by 5pm I was in an ambulance on my way to the Northern Cancer Care unit at the Freeman Hospital.

To say we were shocked would be a huge understatement but the staff at the Hospital were amazing. I spent roughly the next 6 months in hospital and was lucky enough to find a donor for a bone marrow transplant. So, here I am about to celebrate my second Christmas in remission and 15 months post transplant. My transplant was on September 11th 2013- a date I will never forget. When you're first diagnosed all you can see is the dangers that face you. On my first day in hospital my professor gave me some great advice...get up and face the day even on your darkest days and I did and here I am! 

I hope this blog might help you to see that there is light at the end of the tunnel. It isn't an easy journey and I'm not there yet but take it one day at a time and always try to keep hopeful. X




Hi Alison,

Thanks so much for sharing your story with us. Wonderful to hear that you're in remission and doing so well - long may that continue to be the case!

Your blog will be really helpful to others currently going through treatment and as a transplant survivor myself I couldn't agree more with the words of you and your consultant. As you say it's not an easy ride but approaching each day with positivity and courage really, really helps.

When you were having a dark day what was it that kept you going? If you've got any tips or advice on how to deal with the ups and downs and the psychological or physical impact of treatment do write another blog as you write really well and these would be enormously benefitial to parents.

Thanks again for the blog and have a fantastic Christmas and a very Happy New Year!


Hi Alison,

fabulous news for you and your family. I hope you continue to be well.

i was also diagnosed quite rapidly in nov 2014. I am on my third lot of chemo at the moment. Unsure at the moment if I need a transplant or not. 

I too try my hardest to stay positive and face the day. 

all the best and keep fighting.

lindsey x


Hi Lindsey,
Great to hear from you. You often think you are the only person out there. I'm glad things seem to be going well for you. I'm on the UKALL14 trial as I'm sure you are too. I've still got 4 more spinal chemo sessions to go which means dec 2015 should see my treatment finished. I'm still visiting the bone marrow transplant clinic at the freeman regularly for the usual check-ups. Life is getting back to normal. I suffer very mildly from a bit of gvhd but it certainly does not hinder me. I know everyone's journey through leukaemia is different but I feel very fortunate and I hope for good things for you too. There are always darker moments in your days but then I try to think how lucky I am to be here and how back in April 2013 I would have traded any side effects just to carry on being here. It's all relative isn't it to the moment you are currently in. I wish you good luck whether you need your transplant or not. It was always planned for me as my count on admission was so high but here I am so it was obviously meant to be!
Best wishes,
Alison x