T + 135 Reality Check

There is a certain camaraderie that builds up amongst us haematology patients particularly with those whom you have spent time in hospital and then see from time to time at the clinic or the day unit.

Yesterday I caught up with a guy who I see every couple of weeks and is about eight weeks ahead of me in the process, though as he had stem cells from his brother rather than an unrelated donor his recovery has been somewhat quicker and he is on a low dose of ciclosporin and back in at work full time.

He had some sad news to tell me yesterday. One of the other patients we both new, a young guy in his twenties had died. He also told me another guy we both know is struggling with set backs.

It was sobering news and reminds me both to "count my blessings" and what is at stake here.


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