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My Allograft 2018/19 – 22. 2nd June 2019 By Andy Burrows, 2 June 2019 Hello again! Ok, so I’ve changed my mind! I was thinking, when I wrote the last blog post, that it would be too boring to write any more on the blog about my allograft journey. But I’d forgotten two things: Firstly,…

By Andy Burrows 2nd June 2019 1

Coming up to 100 days

My Allograft 2018/19 – 21. 5th May 2019 By Andy Burrows, 5 May 2019 Losing the dangly bits It’s Day 87. That is, 87 days after my transplant, after Day Zero. I’ve been out of hospital two whole months. I have to admit, it feels like longer than that! I’m still making progress, ticking off…

By Andy Burrows 5th May 2019 1

It is what it is

My Allograft 2018/19 – 20. 14th April 2019 By Andy Burrows, 14 April 2019 Back to the Future Most of you will know of the actor Michael J Fox from the 1980s – mainly as Marty McFly in the iconic Back to the Future movies. He was also the original Teen Wolf and Alex in…

By Andy Burrows 14th April 2019 0

The long trek goes on

My Allograft 2018/19 – 19. 6th April 2019 By Andy Burrows, 6 April 2019 Some progress It’s 58 days since Day Zero, the day I received my donor’s stem cells. It’s five weeks since I came home from hospital. And the reason I’ve left it almost a month since I last wrote an update is…

By Andy Burrows 6th April 2019 4

The real cancer battle

My Allograft 2018/19 – 18. 10th March 2019 By Andy Burrows, 10 March 2019 Not much change Every morning I see my pale, colourless, hairless reflection in the mirror, and I feel slightly uncomfortable. The weight I’ve lost since the end of January is obvious – 12kg (26 lb / 2 stone) in six weeks…

By Andy Burrows 10th March 2019 3

The view from the summit

My Allograft 2018/19 – 17. 2nd March 2019 By Andy Burrows, 2 March 2019 Home So, the big news is that I’m home now, just this afternoon, Saturday. Sorry if that’s a sudden announcement, but I don’t like to raise expectations too much in advance, otherwise it creates too many questions, like, “Are you home…

By Andy Burrows 2nd March 2019 2

Up and down

My Allograft 2018/19 – 16. 28th February 2019 By Andy Burrows, 28 February 2019 The tedious last few steps There hasn’t been very much to report in the week (almost) since I last posted an update. And it is starting to drag to be honest. The summit of my Everest climb is in sight, and…

By Andy Burrows 28th February 2019 0

Coming out of the clouds

My Allograft 2018/19 – 15. 22nd February 2019 By Andy Burrows, 22 February 2019 Progress measures Things are continuing in the right direction, I’m pleased to report. Yesterday, I tried to eat something, but after two spoonfuls of Rice Krispies I couldn’t take any more. It was bland, and my stomach was complaining. I tried…

By Andy Burrows 22nd February 2019 1

On the turn

My Allograft 2018/19 – 14. 20th February 2019 By Andy Burrows, 20 February 2019 Good signs So, no further deterioration. And some encouraging signs of the start of a slow bounce back. I haven’t been sick for a few days. And whilst I have a syringe driver pump attached to me 24/7, delivering anti-sickness medication,…

By Andy Burrows 20th February 2019 4

Still plugging away

My Allograft 2018/19 – 13. 18th February 2019 By Andy Burrows, 18 February 2019 Allo vs auto It’s Day +11 today. Eleven days after I received my donor’s stem cells. I’ve been in hospital 21 days. To set that in perspective, my autograft hospital stay was 23 days in total, back at the end of…

By Andy Burrows 18th February 2019 2