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Joan McFarlane – My Pioneering Donor

Joan McFarlane – My Pioneering Donor

My life has been blessed by the fortitude and selflessness of brave women. I have written and spoken recently about my mother and the work she did to raise money and awareness for bone marrow (stem cell) transplantation during the earliest stages of its development. The early 70’s was “the Jurassic period” in bone marrow …

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Pain, Pleasure, Procrastination… And then there’s Paris

Pain, Pleasure, Procrastination… And then there’s Paris

In the last 2 weeks, there has been pain (a lot – both emotional and physical), pleasure (a lot – mostly emotional and quelle surprise not much physical) and procrastination (a lot:  had a difficult essay to write for a course, not to mention a bad dose of blog-block to boot.) Taking my own advice in line …

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The Elixir of Life – Concentrated

The Elixir of Life – Concentrated

It’s my desire and ambition to be as real as I can be as I write about my experience in this blog. This means that sometimes, it ain’t gonna be pretty!  But then, chronic illness, pain, surgery, hospitals, wounds: none of it is especially pretty. Sometimes people only want to hear the inspiring and positive …

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The NHS Saved My Life. Oh…. AND I’m on the Telly!

The NHS Saved My Life. Oh…. AND I’m on the Telly!

Update: this blog is here…. Ta-da! In the ITV Tonight programme about the NHS, be aware that the section on my story is very brief. Just 2 minutes in the middle of the programme, which promises to be very interesting and overwhelmingly positive about the NHS, featuring some incredible stories including Amanda Holden’s brush with …

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