Transplant day 0: Second life

I’ve made it through the night, despite not much sleep, as I’ve been constantly hooked to a drip since 10am yesterday, to counteract the effects of the Melaphalan. I feel rather woozy – rather like it felt to fly to Australia in economy some years ago.

Today is transplant day. I’m scheduled to receive my stem cells back at around 2pm. It genuinely is a second chance at life. For the next few days, as my old immune system withers away and the new one starts to take shape, I’ll be as helpless and dependent as any baby. After treatment is complete I’ll even have to undergo all of my childhood vaccinations again, as there’ll be no trace left of my original ones.

Me on my first day 0.
Me on my first day 0.

Thank you to everyone who has supported me through this. Family, friends, colleagues, the astounding NHS … and of course, my beautiful wife, Jane. I love you all.


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  1. Rachel A.Wood

    Tim you helped me get through DD303 and 307 a few years back. I just wanted to let you know that I’m one year and one month post stem cell transplant now myself and doing well. Loads of love to you Rachel A.Wood …

  2. Amanda Allsopp

    I enjoy reading your updates Tim – all the best! My nephew had a stem cell transplant 5 years ago to treat aplastic anaemia; he’s doing brilliantly.

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