About my BMT
I was told pretty much straight away that because my Leukaemia had returned I would need a BMT. The first steps to find me a match, were to test my parents and sister. All 3 weren’t matches, So they opened up the search to the rest of the UK, not a single match either. Then Europe, there were two matches, but they weren’t perfect. So they finally checked the registers for the rest of the world. There was one person in the whole world that was a perfect 10/10.
When you hear that a match is 10 out of 10 you think that its not so bad, Matching 10 things should be easy but out of those 10 categories there are 18 Million combinations. Meaning that there is a 1 in 18 million chance of finding a perfect match.
I still had Chemotherapy so my body could fight the Cancer whilst the doctors and everyone behind the scenes, that I never new about and I probably never will fully know about, sorted out my transplant. I was extremely lucky to find a donor so quickly some people can wait many months even years for a donor to appear on the register.