Andy J
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Remission is possible!

Andy J
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14 May 2015

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!

Read Andy's patient story

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Comments

14.05.2015

Thanks for sharing this important milestone with us Andy. Your passion and determination is infectious and heartwarming. You also got me quite choked up, not a good look in the office.

14.05.2015

This is amazing! I will donate for you to shave your head (sorry Lauren!)

14.05.2015

Andy, you picked me up from a dark place just over a year ago. Thanks for being an inspiration, look what you started!
Hope today has been a good day for you.
To the future my friend!

15.05.2015

Congratulation Andy. This post gives me hope for the future 

18.05.2015

Thanks Jason! Didn't mean to get you choked up though buddy... Looking forward to my next challenge on Wednesday when I go up in a hot air balloon. I'm getting there slowly with these challenges!

18.05.2015

Paul I think it's safe to say that we bounce off each other. I was so glad that I could help you and think that they way that you have picked yourself up and taken life by the scruff of the neck has been incredible. My only regret was I wasn't there for Impact Day to see you're incredible speech - it's all anybody could talk about afterwards!

18.05.2015

You're welcome Josie! Stay in touch and remember that you're not alone. The charity are behind you every single step of the way. How is everything going?

18.05.2015

It'll have to be some serious money to be considered, Lauren. My Lauren would kill me!

18.05.2015

Mate - you will love the hot air balloon. I did it a few years ago, so peaceful and serene! It is amazing! Don't read Enduring Love by Iain McEwan before you do it though!

21.07.2015

This is EXACTLY the visual we fighters need to see!! I've read your blog and it's depth and description will be invaluable to others. But that photo is what really got me-Remission is possible! And look at you now!! You really kicked ass-us fighters are proud of you so god knows how your friends and family must feel!!!

A true inspiration and a hope for us all still carrying the disease.

Just want to say how nice a person this guy is too-obviously you can see that from the great work he does but I came onto the website looing for others to converse with and he found me straight away and is continually there with help, advice and a listening ear.

Thank you Andy xx