Friday, 28 September 2012

Exactly one year to the day since diagnosis (and an update)

It didn't occur to me until around 11am, that this day, exactly one year ago, I heard the dreaded words that no-one ever wants to, or should hear. When I realised, I came over all funny and didn't really know what to think or say. I remember being on the train back from Leeds to London this day last year and just thinking, what could it be? I had been through so much investigative work to that point, that I thought things could only get worse. And noch, they did.

And one year on, on a more positive note, I lived to tell the tale and again want to thank everyone who was there for me and my family throughout this very difficult year. I am now back to almost full health. I have a full head of hair (even had a haircut!) and have returned to university to complete my studies. My sister also just got engaged this week, so I am naturally delighted and ecstatic!

I saw my haematologist last week before returning and he was happy with my progress. He said that the shingles blip was most likely due to being a little bit immuno suppressed, but was happy with my recovery and said my bloods were normal :)

Sunday, 16 September 2012

Erev Rosh Hashanah- One year on from diagnosis

Erev Rosh Hashanah 2011, the world as I knew it changed. Being diagnosed with cancer last year was one of the most challenging things I have ever experienced. So one year on post diagnosis, I just wanted to share a few thoughts and feelings.

This year has taught me so many things, that I don't think I'd of known had I not gone through everything that I went through this year. The main thing it has taught me is positivity. In times of trouble and sorrow, I believe that positivity is vital and I know that staying positive has helped make my cancer experience easier to cope with. I have also really learnt to appreciate everything I have as it can so easily be taken away from you. Live life to the full.

To all my family and friends who have been there for me over the last 12 months, I thank you all from the bottom of my heart. To all those who visited me in hospital either for chemotherapy, my transplant or shingles, those who stood by me when my hair fell out and when I lost my eye-brows and eye-lashes, everyone who wished me well, everyone who mentioned me in their prayers (I appologise for my Hebrew name...), those who messaged, sent cards and those who just had me in their thoughts. Thank you. May this new year bring you all you ever wanted and more.

On a less cheesey note, I have two appointments next week. One with my haematologist and another with the eye specialist, I will update again in due course.