Hi everyone, just thought I would write this blog for anyone who is diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukaemia. My journey with APL started on 19th April 2013 and like most I was totally overwhelmed with the diagosis. By the end of May after treatment with Atra and Idirubican I reached remission. This was followed by three more cycles of consoldation treatment which went according to plan and the only side effects I had was fatigue. By December I was still MRD negative and my picc line was removed (which was to be another little milestone). I returned to work part time and everything was working well. In March this year whilst relaxing in my front room, my son Adam notice bruising on my left ankle bone and small blood spots at the bottom of my leg. Advised if anything like this was to happen I needed to go to straight to A&E. Well at 2230hrs on a friday night I took myself off to Basildon Hospital, showed my Chemotherapy Alert Card and within 40 minutes (after blood tests) I was told that my platelets low and that I had relapsed. Off to St Barts Hospital in ambulance we go. Straight back onto the Atra tablets. The following morning my consultant confirmed that I had relapsed with Apl and that they were going to start me on ATO (Arsenic Trioxide) along with Atra. The first dose of ATO is taken along side steriods for the first five days and the only discomfort I experienced was bone pain all over. (this is due to the arsenic attacking the leukaemic cells ) Three weeks later I was back in remission !!. I followed this treatment with another round of ATO which consisted of one dose each day for the first week followed by twice a week for three weeks. Each session lasted around 3 hours. The next course of treatment was collecting my own stem cells (known as an autologous transplant). I had to give myself 3 GCSF injections (growth factor)per day for four days to stimulate my bone marrow to produce loads of stems cells that then overflowed into my bloodstream ready for collection. The harvesting of my cells was a painless procedure and they managed to collect enough stem cells ready for the next part. I will be going back into Barts Hospital next week for high dose chemotherapy which kills all the cells in my bone marrow, then I will have my own harvested stem cells put back into me via a drip. All being well that will be the end of it. I am a positive person and know that the next couple of months will be tough but like anything if you hit this head on and remain as happy as you can you can all beat this. My favourite record which is my mobile phone ring tone is "happy" by Pharrell Williams which I hear each day brings a smile to my face ! Is'nt funny how the simple things in life give you the most pleasure. Regards for now and will update this as and when.