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