11 years ago today I was undergoing the bone marrow transplant that is the reason I'm still here today. I genuinely remember it like it was yesterday and still have mixed emotions to this day albeit for different reasons.
Back then it was trying to get my head round the significance of the day after all the build up. It was putting all my chances of life or death in to the hands of the doctors and nurses and a bag containing a small sample of bone marrow from someone I'd never met. Easier said than done when the bone marrow looked like a bag of tomato ketchup!
Now it's different emotions. It's reflecting upon how lucky I am to still be here and thinking about what I've achieved since that day. It's about coming to terms with the fact that I've been given a second chance at life when others haven't been so lucky. It's about confronting painful memories about my Mum who was concurrently nearing the end of her own cancer battle which she sadly didn't win.
Most years I shave my head as a mark of respect for blood cancer patients but I won't be doing that this year as my wedding is now just a month away and I think that my fiance would probably kill me if I was to turn up with next to no hair! Instead, I'll be giving a donation direct to the charity via my 30 before 30 challenge fundraising page.
The charity means everything to me as I wouldn't still be here today without them. Help me give others the opportunity to have as happy and action packed 11 years post treatment as I've been blessed enough to have by making a donation to my fundraising page. Together we will beat blood cancer!
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