Sarah’s story | My recovery after a stem cell transplant

Sarah’s story | My recovery after a stem cell transplant


I’d always been healthy. I took care of my body and it took care of me. When I was diagnosed with leukaemia, that all fell apart. I had two rounds of chemotherapy, and a stem cell transplant. After that it was a struggle just to get up. I felt exhausted all the time. You don’t expect to find it hard to stay upright while you’re waiting for the kettle to boil. I could see my muscles wasting away. And even when I got home, I found I couldn’t get up the stairs. It was a shock But, I didn’t give up. I set myself goals and I pushed myself. One step at a time. I started with meditation, my doctor recommended Tai Chi and my friends recommended I try yoga. Slowly, I was building up my muscles and improving my mental wellbeing as well. I stopped taking the taxi to the hospital, and I started climbing the six flights of stairs to the clinic instead of taking the lift. If I ever got too tired, I knew I had people I could lean on. Like my husband. And the Patient Experience Team at Anthony Nolan. Last year I did a 5k run with my brother. This year I’m going to try for 10k too. I still get tired, and I’m not as fit as I was but I’ve learned to pace myself and when I run I feel positive. I take care of my body and it takes care of me. It’s what saved me.