[p]On the 17th July, 2017 I was diagnosed with Hairy Cell Leukaemia. [/p][p]After a period of struggling to gain fitness in preparation for 10k runs I'd entered, and some other physical symptoms and just feeling run down in general, I went and had some tests. Arguably, in the best shape of my life, (despite!) having just turned 45, practising [url=http://www.twisted-yoga.com/]Yoga[/url] weekly, participating in local [url=http://www.parkrun.org.uk/oak-hill/]Park Runs[/url], entering several 10k runs each year for the last 4 or 5 years, taking up cycling again a bit more seriously, and probably most importantly, having a better than average diet (I'm an enthusiastic foodie and love to cook) No lifestyle choice I have made has caused this and no lifestyle choice I could have made would have prevented this.. bummer eh? [/p][p]A week later, I started chemotherapy at Chase Farm Hospital, Enfield. Unfortunately, this did have an unwanted side effect, it did make me feel a bit worse before I got better. My 5 days chemotherapy was interrupted by a 5 day spell in Barnet Hospital, where I received excellent care, several units of blood. Eventually, my infections cleared and I could complete last 2 days of Chemotherapy and return home. A bit short lived, later the following week I picked up another bug and returned for another stay at Barnet. Good news is, since I was discharged from there 5 days later, I've been in tip top form.[/p][p]The following months while on daily medication I gradually started getting back to normal with my daily activities, returning to full time work (apart from my hospital stays, I worked more or less full time from home), returning to trumpeting, yoga, running and cycling and yes, the odd beer or two, which I'd obviously cut out !!.[/p][p]Why Bloodwise? Well, I work for a marketing company and for many years I have been directly and indirectly involved in search engine optimisation and website rankings. When I searched for information on blood cancers, they came up first. That, and of course the information on their website, the support they offer and just knowing that there was a community out there where people who were going through similar journeys were available for a chat and willing to support one another. Also, they fund quite a lot of research which is most important.[/p][p]I knew very little about Blood Cancers before this. I was aware of "named diseases" such as Leukaemia, and so on, but not aware of how common and how many varieties exist. It was really eye opening. I feel extremely fortunate in some bizarre way to have developed (in my consultant's words) the "least nasty" variety. When I read about what other strains and how devastating they can be it's just mind boggling.[/p][p]I made up my mind pretty early in my cancer journey to use the opportunity to raise awareness. I blogged on my personal [url=http://www.dmq-online.net/category/leukaemia/?order=asc]website[/url], sharing across social channels etc.[/p][p]I have the utmost respect and gratitude for all the staff at the Royal Free NHS trust, spread across Chase Farm, Enfield, Barnet General, Finchley, Hamstead and UCHL.[/p][p]I am hoping to achieve my target above, in fact I'd prefer to exceed it! I'd like for everyone in my social and work networks to contribute. All I'm asking for is the cost of a coffee, the cost of a pint... more if you are feeling generous.[/p][p]Through Virgin Money Giving, you can sponsor me and donations will be quickly processed and passed to charities.[/p][p]Go on! Every penny earned goes to a great cause. It funds research and support. There are over 130 strains of blood cancer, each day 1400 people are diagnosed. Every little helps! [/p][p]
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