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Andrew Ray, acute myeloid leukaemia patient, in remission

Andrew Ray


Norwich, Norfolk


Acute myeloid leukaemia

What happened

After a prolonged period of tiredness Andrew was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia in January 2009. This is his story.

As a result of prolonged tiredness I was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia in January 2009. My initial treatment was four rounds of chemo up to mid-May 2009 given at the NNUH. I had the usual side effects of loss of hair plus inflamed liver, haemorrhoids and a few others.
Life continued as I gathered strength until April 2010 when I relapsed and after a further two rounds of chemo I was given a stem cell transplant from an unrelated donor from Germany. This was done at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, in June 2010. 
Since then I have had many complications mainly arising from the low resistance to infections caused by chemo-therapy but I am recovering and living normally. My continuing problems are severe loss of memory and very low energy levels. If I remain clear until June 2012 I can be considered at the same level of risk as the general population.
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