A Scots dad recognized with most cancers for a second time was separated from his household as he needed to endure a stem cell transplant throughout lockdown.
John Tod, from Midlothian, described the expertise as “extremely isolating” as he wasn’t allowed guests for 3 months.
The 41-year-old initially believed he had a viral an infection and swollen glands when he was first recognized with Acute Myeloid Leukemia in 2018.
Dad-of-three John was then shortly taken into hospital for gruelling therapy as he underwent 60 rounds of chemotherapy as a result of aggressive nature of the most cancers.
The most cancers left a “big impact” on the household as his sons had been all a younger age on the time however John was informed he was in remission only a few months later.
As reported in Edinburgh Live, on the finish of 2019 a routine blood examine confirmed the most cancers had returned, with John’s solely choice being a stem cell transplant.
After ready on a donor, John and his spouse had been getting ready for the process in March 2020, after they had been informed he wouldn’t be capable of have any guests for 3 months as a result of danger of catching coronavirus.
John mentioned: “I went to the GP because the glands in my neck were swollen up like two golf balls under my chin, but at first they thought it was viral but they took bloods to check, so when they came back they thought i was anaemic because my white blood cell count was also really low, there was no other signs it could have been a blood cancer
“The numbers had been getting decrease and decrease so that they despatched me to the Western General after which the blood most cancers specialist mentioned for the time being we predict it is some kind of most cancers that you’ve got. At that time my entire world simply collapsed.
“This type of cancer, it’s usually people over the age of 60 that get diagnosed.
“I believe I had two days to go residence, then I used to be in hospital for 3 months for the unique actually robust chemo, I used to be actually actually unwell with it.
“My ex-partner would bring the boys into see me but because of the treatment I was so ill I’d only be awake for about ten minutes.
“For them emotionally it was actually exhausting as a result of I misplaced all my hair, my youngest one it actually affected him as a result of I appeared actually totally different
“My youngest suffers anxiety and separation now because we were apart for so long, for example he’d think he would be seeing me next week but then I’d get ill or need to go into hospital again and it could be a period of three or four weeks we didn’t see each other for.
“I acquired put into remission then my remedies stopped in about January 2019, then I began to get higher however within the October I used to be getting routine bloods achieved and it was picked up then, I used to be in work and the GP phoned and I knew right away.”
Preparing to head to Glasgow to undergo the stem cell transplant, John was again separated from his kids when lockdown hit, meaning he was alone for his entire hospital stay.
With the treatment needing to go ahead as planned, John, a police sergeant, had limited contact with all of his loved ones for weeks before he was able to come home.
John added : “It was rather a lot tougher psychologically to take care of the second time.
“It was so isolating, my spouse Kim had rented a flat throughout from the hospital to come back in on daily basis for ethical help as a lot as something.
“Two days before I was due to go in they phoned and said you won’t be allowed any visitors at all because of the pandemic.
“The cellphone and wifi reception within the hospital was horrendous, so even once I wasn’t unwell attempting to have a dialog with somebody was so irritating, I could not even video name the youngsters.”
Now in remission, John was desperate to spend more time with his sons after the diagnosis “modified his outlook on life.”
Still recovering from the treatment, he began helping coach his son’s football team Bayside Hawks FC, which has since had a massive impact on his life.
Hoping to give the boys something too look forward to, John and the other coaches have organised an away friendly in Blackpool, which the 41-year-old is currently fundraising for to cover travel costs and a hotel stay.
He added: “Through every thing, it is given me a totally totally different perspective on life, i simply wish to spend as a lot time as I can with the youngsters.
“I’m a big football fan, I love the game and all my boys are football crazy, I’d built up a good relationship with Robert, the head coach at the team and then I was finding I had extra time when I wasn’t able to go back to work due to the transplant, so I asked if I could join in.
“I like it, I needed to offer them one thing again and take them all the way down to Blackpool earlier than the season begins. I needed to pay for the coach transport however we have been hit with extra donations so I’m hoping to cowl the lodge for them too, that might be good.
“I’m also doing my marathon in June to try and raise money that way too.”
You can donate to John’s fundraiser right here.
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