So here goes! My name is Becky and I am writing this blog as I work up to a stem cell transplant. My hope is to raise awareness of what it means to have and need a transplant and share my experiences as I go through this journey.
A bit about me, I am 29 years old and live in Cumbria I was told earlier this year (2015) that I needed a stem cell transplant for a rare genetic mutation called GATA 2 deficiency.
After 7 years of various illnesses including multiple blood clots my health has gradually been deteriorating, so my consultant sent me for a bone marrow biopsy which was abnormal and resulted in me going to London to see specialists.
As I went into the consulting room I was expecting them to say finally they had put all my illnesses together and maybe I would need a different medication to add to my growing list. Nothing prepares you for your consultant saying you need a stem cell transplant.
As an artist I hope to be able to do some artwork while i'm in hospital maybe I can design my own range of get well cards! I currently work part time in an art gallery and do my own artwork painting on silk and making jewellery.