I tell my blood cancer story through my illustrations
We spoke to artist and illustrator Graeme Clark, aka ‘Old Man Grey’, about the range of new designs he's created for our online shop, which tell the story of his treatment for acute myeloid leukaemia.
I've always found creativity to be a helpful outlet if I've been worried, stressed or anxious. It's hard to put into words the initial shock when I was diagnosed and the difficulties of the journey through treatment and recovery.
The illustrations remind me of some of the hardest times in my life, but they're also a reminder that I was able to overcome them.
I love that the products now tell a story.
It felt like a reminder that even through extremely hard times there's always a light at the end of the tunnel, and I really hope that these products can bring a little bit of that relief to others going through similar difficulties.
How I got the name 'Old Man Grey'
The name Old Man Grey stems originally from my late Gran, Dot, who was a huge inspiration to who I am today.
My name's Graeme, and being a Yorkshire woman, she would say 'Our Grey' when she referred to me.
I started to develop a character in my drawings based on this and imagined myself as an older chap with a big long beard and a bald head - which I knew was coming one day!
I was supported by Bloodwise, now I'm supporting them
From very early on I knew I wanted to do something to help charities supporting people through treatment. We were given literature from Bloodwise regarding the treatment process and road to recovery, which was really helpful during what was a traumatic time.
As I found out more about Bloodwise’s lifesaving work, I knew I wanted to support them in any way I could.
I can honestly say this is one of the proudest projects of my career, and it's a privilege to have the opportunity to support the charity and others going through a blood cancer diagnosis, treatment and recovery.
The Old Man Grey range is only available from Bloodwise’s new online shop, with all profits going towards life-saving research and support for people affected by blood cancer.