Rachel's story : It started in Oct 10 with a chest infection i couldn't shift it. I started getting weaker losing weight, tiered, pale and bruising from the slightest knock. Im not one for running to the doctors for the slightest thing so i treated myself with pain relief and cough medicine. I ended up going to the Gp where i had blood tests in Nov 2010. I got a call on the 2nd Dec where i was diagnosed with AML & the battle started.
I started on antibiotics for 2 weeks to get rid of the infections .
On the 17th Dec i had my first round of chemo 2 times a day for 7 days which meant i had to spend Xmas in hospital at 9:30pm on Christmas day my temperature spiked at 40.2 i had an hour to live. I spent 6 weeks in hospital the first round of chemo only removed 30% of my AML. I started my second round of chemo on the 3rd of feb. This removed 85% of my AML. I tried a 3rd round of chemo great news i was cancer free. But in April 12 i relapsed and my AML was back i started a stronger round of chemo but it started affecting my lungs and kidneys. I fought through it and went back into remission . After this fight i decided to have a bone morrow transplant i got very poorly from this and spent a further 4 weeks in Leeds hospital on the 12th march i was released home. But after only 2 days at home i was called back into Leeds as my blood tests came back at a dangerous level. over the next 8 months i spent nearly 20 weeks in hospital.
For the next 2 and a half years things were on the up. I had some side effects from the chemo brittle bones asthma, chest and kidney problems but i struggled on.
On December 15 it was back i ended up with pneumonia and in intensive care for 12 days fighting for my life. after 6 weeks in hospital and 3 rounds of chemo i was again back in remission i was told to enjoy my 2015 Xmas as this would be my last but i saw 2016 and was going strong then in march 2017 my blood was not looking good and was told i have 6/12 months I WILL fight !!