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AML RELAPSE AFTER 4.5 YEARS
This story isn't as negative as the headline suggests. I was diagnosed with AML I 2012 and was treated with chemo and a bone marrow transplant from an unrelated donor. Everything was perfect in my recovery and after 4 years I was back at work and had recovered all my strength. Then at the start of 2017, at my 6 monthly check up, my platelets dropped and after a biopsy it became clear the AML was back. 3 years on I am still in shock. None of my medical team, who have been wonderful, had seen anyone relapse after 4.5 years. Statistically the chances were 99.08% that I was in the clear. Anyway, I had the chemo again and another bone marrow transplant from the same donor. This time they also gave me his immune system. 2 years 10 months on and I am delighted to say I am still in remission. My recovery is slower this time because of GVHD, but that is probably a good thing. Has anyone had or heard of similar stories after a long relapse? I know I am incredibly lucky to still be here but it feels lonely being a statistical anomaly.