People often say that I look well and in many ways I feel healthy and look reasonably well, but Myeloma can be a deceptive disease. Deep within my body there are lots of things going on and the drugs needed to control these processes are numerous. At the moment my main concerns remain Kidney function - [...]
My Personal Fight with Multiple Myeloma
It's a while since I've posted - not much has happened to be honest. I've spent a couple of weeks house sitting in Milton Keynes without a car and dreadful weather, watching box sets and relaxing. Even so it's been great to catch up with family now returned from Tanzania. Soon we'll move there permanently [...]
We have returned. After three years we are back in MK. It seems like a lifetime and yet it seems like yesterday. We never imagined we would be back here on any permanent basis but here we are. God has a sense of humour.Anita starts work on Tuesday back at her old place of work [...]
For the second time in three months I have attended the funeral of a friend who has died of cancer. Another peer (a year younger than me) who succumbed to this dreadful illness.Pete was externally positive and always thinking of others. Today's funeral was as much celebration as anything else. The church was packed and [...]
A contribution to this week's photo challenge: Satisfaction The satisfaction of winning a game of Scrabble. I was particularly satisfied with 'Castled' in the second game.
A contribution to this week's photo challenge: SatisfactionThe satisfaction of winning a game of Scrabble. I was particularly satisfied with'Castled' in the second game.
It is now time to share one of the longest running sagas of my Myeloma. A long running dispute which has only been partially resolved at the very end of our time in Tanzania.
The photos tell it all. Picked up the family at Heathrow this morning - Reunited.
I have woken with a bad headache. Interestingly that in the last few months my general health has been good and I have had little in the way of other illness. At the same time I have been much more attuned to my body. I think the fact you're being tested and measured on such [...]
I'm free. I have no scheduled appointments at hospital for many weeks ahead. 😃 Today I met with my consultant who does not need to see me again until October, after my Stem Cell transplantation has taken place. That leaves only my scheduled stem cell harvesting in late August and the transplantation in early October. [...]
A submission to this week's photo challenge: Unusual Jakobsen's Beach near Kigoma, Tanzania, lies on the shores of Lake Tangyanika near to the location where Stanley net Livingstone. However, it is particularly unusual for its mini herd of four zebra that wander the forest in and amongst the guest houses. There is no nearby safari park [...]
The next phase of my treatment is going to involve the use of Stem Cells. My own stem cells! Stem Cells are immature cells. Blood forming stem cells are found in the bone marrow, they are known as mononuclear cells and are continually growing into mature blood cells (red blood cells, white blood cells or [...]
Today I went to Nottingham. This important visit was to meet with the medical team at Nottingham City Hospital who are overseeing the next phase of my treatment. That being the production, extraction and reinsertion of my stem cells back into my body either side of some intensive chemotherapy to destroy the remaining Myeloma cells. [...]
A contribution to this week's photo challenge:Collage Sunsets from across Africa.
As my link to Africa comes to an end for now. So I thought I'd share an Africa playlist - different to the others as it contains not only songs which contain the word Africa but also some of the songs which were popular while we were out there - played in the bars and [...]
It's just about a week now until the family leave Mwanza. I'm looking forward to seeing them back in the UK - it's over three months since I bid my wife and daughter farewell on that twilit Kenyan Easter Monday Morning. Yet at the same time as I am excited to see them - there [...]