thomas's story

Updated: Aug 7, 2018

So here goes, my first ever blog post! A trip back to April 2015.

April 15 – Just after my birthday I started to have a really bad lower back, as in unbearable pain, when standing still for any longer than 2 minutes. Not ideal when standing on a packed tube commuting for 40 mins twice a day.

I went to my GP and fortunately as I have private healthcare through work I was able to start seeing a physio (a lovely bloke and a hero in this story) almost immediately.  I had a session a week with him from May to July, and while the pain eased during the session it didn’t last long.

In the meantime, I began to feel a bit crap.  Generally feeing run down and tired and had a persistent cough, which was all put down to being anaemic (following a blood test). Glands had also started to appear in weird paces (side of neck, collar bone, groin), the anaemia was blamed on fighting an infection – so I was given some antibiotics. And there was the night sweats, drenching, pretty unpleasant night sweats.

After the course of antibiotics and a holiday there was no improvement.  A GP at that stage told me that

“everyone has back pain”

and the glands were up due to

“a change in the weather”.

Naturally I was delighted to hear such insightful information from a trained medical professional. Not.

Anyway I’ll get to the good bit. My physio insisted that I got a MRI scan done on my back as I wasn’t showing any sign of improvement.  That’s when things really started to heat up…

After a series of tests - Thomas discovered he had Hodgkins Lymphoma. His symptoms were not caused by a 'change in the weather'!

You can read more of Thomas's Blog - from diagnosis, treatment and beyond here:

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