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My Bone Marrow Transplant

Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.

Today is the 3rd anniversary of my diagnosis with MDS. It has been an incredible journey and has changed the whole family in many ways. I nearly died twice, the first time in July 2009 (infected Hickman line exit site) and the second in March 2011 (fungal infection in the lungs). It is also Gurumayi’s birthday, so Linds and I went to the Siddha Yoga hall at 10am for 2 hours to help celebrate.

Afterwards we picked up the kids and went to Seconds in High Street for lunch with very close and long time friends. Grace, Andy, Lenny, Gi, Hans, Isabel and Matthew were all there. I had Lamb Shepherd’s Pie, I should have had the Fish ‘n Chips because their chef doesn’t know how to make mashed potato topping for Shepherd’s Pie. It was far too runny. Afterwards everyone went back to Hans and Gi’s house for Lava cake dessert and a nice time chatting with them! Francesca and Isabel now join the adults rather than the younger boys. That’s what University does to your kids, helps them mature. It was so good to be back with friends we have known since Hong Kong days. We decided that next year the old HK Play Group kids would go back to HK on a trip together, with parents to supervise of course!

I drove for the first time in 8 months. First to Siddha Yoga, then to lunch and then to Hans and Gi’s house. Not long trips but it was good to get behind the wheel again. Another normality tick in the box!

I have done a deal with Sam as to what grades he needs to get in his GCSE exams in 2 years time to get driving lessons.

The packing for HK is done, except for the Krispy Kremes which will be bought at 7am tomorrow so they are reasonably fresh when we hand them over.

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