The beginning

We are coming up to the first anniversary of Caroline’s diagnosis with acute myeloid leukaemia. I remember that time like it was yesterday. This is an email Caroline sent me while I was at work on October 24.

“A very nice doctor called Michele Damon (sic) called me and said I have to have a bone marrow biopsy on Monday. They were considering calling me in today to stay for the weekend but because I feel well they’re allowing me to be an outpatient.

Also have to have another blood test in the morning to determine coagulation etc.
She explained the bone marrow procedure and also explained that it could be acute leukemia. That’s worst case. There are other malignant illnesses as well, and it may be just something else altogether.
She’s scheduling another appt for early afternoon Friday for results. Unless the biopsy shows up something really bad then all bets are off.
She said if I have any signs of fever, sweats, bad bruising, bleeding from gums or nose I need to go to hospital immediately.
Here we go.
x”

And now, she is gone.

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