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Katherine reaches 100 day recovery milestone

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: February 06, 2014

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A BURTON teacher who is currently battling back from leukaemia after undergoing a bone marrow transplant has reached a milestone date in her recovery.

Katherine Sinfield, of Balfour Street, revealed that today marked 100 days since she underwent the operation that doctors said was the only chance to save her life.

The 33-year-old told the Mail that health chiefs use the marker as a point for transplant patients to know how well the procedure had worked – thankfully she has escaped any nasty side-effects and is now looking forward to the future and seeing if the bone marrow continues to adapt well to her body.

Katherine, who is married to Mail journalist Stephen, said: “There is no quick fix for leukaemia but thankfully the two largest hurdles are now safely cleared.

The first was finding a matching donor and the second was completing 100 days.

“The 100-day marker is used by doctors worldwide as a benchmark for transplant patients – if things are likely to go severely wrong or if you’re going to face debilitating side-effects, then the first 100 days is when the bad news most frequently strikes.

“Thankfully, my 100 days have been better than anticipated.

“Admittedly, I was rushed back into hospital within my first week of being home and I have battled constant nausea, mouth sores, fatigue, dry skin and muscle pains, but these grumbles are worth it when you consider I have new stem cells from a mystery lady.

“Unfortunately, there isn’t a magic switch which is flicked at day 100. Nothing drastically different happens on day 101 compared to day 99 – the 100-day marker was just another hurdle for me to overcome.

“It’s still too early for me to say if my transplant has been a success as we are waiting on the results of my latest bone marrow test.

“A good test will show that my bone marrow is made up of between 90 and 100 per cent donor cells rather than my very own cell type.

“Having too many of my own cells increases the risk of the leukaemia returning.”

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