Some of the symptoms of blood cancer are easily mistaken for Covid, a charity has warned.
The former sports presenter is raising awareness of the symptom, which he didn't recognise as a sign of blood cancer before his wife's death.
'I would donate again in a heartbeat.'
I'd be lying if I said I wasn't scared about the future but I can't sit around feeling sorry for myself. That won't reverse the damage that's already been done to my lungs and it certainly won't help the lungs that are still functioning.
I've never been much of a fan of 'Awareness Days'. They all feel a little contrived and in recent years have been taken over by PR companies and agencies desperate to get people to buy products or sign up to events or activities they'd previously never given any real thought.
Stem cell transplants offer people with blood cancer and blood disorders a second chance of life when nothing else could. For many patients, a transplant represents the gift of more years in which to get married, go to university, or to see children grow up.
I didn't know it was possible to have chemo and not be sick or lose your hair. The intensive chemo regimen made Andrew's hair fall out and made him throw up every day for nine months. However, for two and a half years after this the maintenance chemotherapy just kept things at bay whilst he looked every inch the 'normal' little boy with a mop of crazy hair.
September is 'Blood Cancer Awareness Month'. This year, Bloodwise are shining a spotlight on the need to reduce long term side effects from childhood blood cancers and the only way to do this is to invest in lifesaving research.
Research has broken the sound barrier. Research has produced plants that can tolerate drought. Research has made space exploration a feasible reality. Research makes the impossible, possible and one day, research will beat blood cancer.
Night sweats and rapid weight loss are just some of the signs to look out for.