My Biggest Fight of 2018

A bone marrow transplant is finally happening.

This transplant chemo is the hardest ’bout yet and while the journey to recovering from a BMT looks long, challenging and financially stressful from another year of no work, it does come with the hope that my chances of surviving Acute Myeloid Leukaemia are boosted. 

I’m quite stoked for this big fight. 

As one imagines a big fight, there are nerves and fear of all kinds but there’s something worth the risk – HOPE.

Read more about what a BMT is here and why it takes 12-18 months to recover from it.  Anthony Nolan is an excellent resource with well-done multimedia to help us all understand the ever intimidating medical glossary.

I had the best time being catheter free for about 2.5 weeks before hospital admission again, largely because I was able to be back on the mats and freed up to train a lot more upper body movement.  Here’s a video compiled of the stuff I got up to.  Suffice to say I did enough to last me 6-8weeks of hospitalisation this round? 😛



Being in isolation ward this round means visitors are limited as are food, and so is my permission to leave this 8x8ft room, all for containment management purposes.  Despite that, I haven’t felt alone.  NO WAY POSSIBLE from receiving so much love and support from friends, family and online friends!  I have no idea what I’ve done to receive this kind of love.  All I know is I can’t wait to get better and show you guys some love back!

It looks like a Christmas and new year in the hospital this 2018 but I can’t be happier with my brother Andrew here.  We’ll make it digitally magical with lights and trees and songs 🙂

Published by Emily Lola Tan

I've been told that I'm tiny but tough, so I must have gotten SOME things right. On the inside, I feel like a mushy marshmellow who's a hopeless romantic and find corny cute. Writing "About Me" sections had evolved in the past x years of online profiles, currently, it sits at me still hungry for enlightening experiences and insightful traveling, particularly with human connections. My story at full length on the "About" page :) Thank you for poking around!

3 thoughts on “My Biggest Fight of 2018

  1. Emily, I’m so happy to hear that a donor has been found! You are a strong woman and will do well after transplant. I wish you the best!

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