I was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in 2006, aged 23.
After dropping into hospital on a mid-December evening after feeling very unwell and suffering tremendous back pain, my world was rocked with the biggest of bombshells – I had leukaemia.
To be told you have leukaemia at the age of 23, it was like a dream – or more like a nightmare. But I didn’t really have time to sit and think because it was on to the treatment straight away.
I was taken to Worcester Royal Hospital the following day where a hospital bed was waiting for me in the haematology ward. From there I was kept in a tightly confined isolated room where treatment began immediately.
I had chemotherapy to prepare him for a bone-marrow transplant, which took place at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham in July 2007. The transplant was from an unrelated donor as no one in his family was a match. Despite the complications of graft versus host disease (GvHD) after the operation, I managed to get through it all and am now in complete remission.
I'm so lucky to be alive and have been fundraising ever since my diagnosis. I also regularly talk to patient support groups and schools about my experiences as I think raising awareness is really important.
Watch my video to find out more about my experiences with blood cancer: