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06 Dec 2015

I started my lymphoma blog in 2012 when I was diagnosed with Double Hit Non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

I underwent A LOT of chemo, had remissions, relapses, more chemo, total body irradiation (TBI) and eventually a donor stem cell transplant.

I eventually ended treatment in May 2013 and in September 2015 I got my all-clear from a rare and aggressive type of cancer.  I documented this period and the months after in a very candid and honest blog for which I won an award for.  

The blog was originally only for family and friends as an update but ended up being followed by fellow patients, members of the medical profession and also promoted by my friends in Metallica (yes the rock band), the F1 community and Olympic swimmer Ian Thorpe!

You can read about my experience during and after my illness here:

It's very honest and can be quite difficult to read it parts, but it is a true reflection of my experience.

(First post was in September 2012)


Lizzie Goates

Thank you so much for posting this Kat. From reading your blog I can completely understand why it has engaged so many people and why you deserved to win an award for it. As you say it is a very honest account and can be difficult to read, I certainly found this the case, particularly when I read about you loosing you hair. I had to take a few breaks and come back to it as it is very sad, and I just wish you hadn’t had to go through any of this.

But again as you say it is a true reflection of what you went through and what many others have been through also, and this is why it is an extremely powerful blog as well. Thank you so much for sharing it.

I hope you keep in touch and let us know how you’re getting on. It is wonderful to know you have the all clear after everything you went through.

Take care Lizzie


Hi Kat,

I echo everything that Lizzie says. You write with such honesty and openness about your experiences. You went through so much and it's fantastic to hear that you're now in remission and getting on with life again. Long may that continue to be the case!

The blog is also extremely inspirational and really useful for other lymphoma patients and is fantastic for raising awareness. Thank you so much for everything that you've done and continue to do to help beat blood cancer and all the best in the future.

If you ever need anything at any time we're always here to help you in any way that we can.

Stay in touch and Merry Christmas,