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My transplant

On October 29th, 2013, I received a bag of stem cells from an unrelated female donor in Germany. These stem cells hope to rid my body of leukaemia. The week prior to my transplant, I underwent a week of chemotherapy and radiotherapy. This treatment was designed to destroy my existing bone marrow. What happens when you have a ‘bone marrow transplant’, is that you receive a bag of stem cells from a matching donor. In the days and weeks following the transplant, these cells start to ‘engraft’ to your bones forming new bone marrow. This new bone marrow will then in turn start to produce the right amount of healthy white blood cells. My matching donor would not have been possible without the work of Anthony Nolan - I will forever be grateful to both the charity and my mystery donor.