Tag: stem cell transplant

Round in circles

My Allograft 2018/19 – 26. 18th August 2019 By Andy Burrows, 18 August 2019 Spoke too soon It feels like an update is appropriate, even though it’s only a week since the last one. I said last time that it seemed like I’d had a couple of days where things seemed to be getting back…

By Andy Burrows 18th August 2019 2

Off track? Against whose plan?

My Allograft 2018/19 – 25. 11th August 2019 By Andy Burrows, 11 August 2019 You have to feel it to know it I’ve noticed that this allogeneic stem cell transplant, especially for lymphoma, is so specialised that it’s very difficult to find anything on the internet to help when you need to crosscheck what you…

By Andy Burrows 11th August 2019 1

A storm in the Khumbu Valley

My Allograft 2018/19 – 24. 21st July 2019 By Andy Burrows, 21 July 2019 Irony and poetry There’s a certain poetry in where I am right now. Because where I am right now is in the Wessex Ward in Basingstoke Hospital in the same side room I was in almost 12 months ago when I…

By Andy Burrows 21st July 2019 2

In the mind

My Allograft 2018/19 – 23. 14th July 2019 By Andy Burrows, 14 July 2019 Feeling the length of the journey I’ve no idea, as I write these words, what I’m going to say. It just seemed right to update, being six weeks since I last put anything on the blog. So, here goes!… It’s Day…

By Andy Burrows 14th July 2019 0

Down

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