Katherine's Diary

All about Katherine

All about Katherine

THE reception class teacher from Burton, who is battling against leukaemia, has described in her own words daily life on the hospital ward she is confined to in her fight against the disease.

Katherine Sinfield, 32, of Balfour Street, needs daily antibiotics, fungal drips and blood transfusions after being diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukaemia in April.

She has remained at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham for the last six weeks and describes here her daily battle against leukaemia while a bone marrow donor is sought to clear her of the condition.

While undergoing gruelling chemotherapy herself, Katherine is still keen to help others in a similar position and has taken to raising awareness of the condition and generating support for the charities Cure Leukaemia and the Anthony Nolan Trust.

Earlier this month, the Mail launched its Take Five Minutes campaign in a bid to locate a suitable donor, not just for Katherine, but for anyone who is in her position, while raising greater awareness of the condition.

For more information on how to become a bone marrow donor, call the National Blood Service Donor helpline on 0300 123 2323. Or to support the charities close to Katherine's heart visit  http://www.cureleukaemia.co.uk/ or http://www.anthonynolan.org/

Friday, April 18

A recurring side-effect of my transplant and drugs is a very sore tongue.

Thursday, April 17

Published: Fri 18 Apr 2014

The appointment letters have started to drop through the letterbox again.

Wednesday, April 16

Published: Thu 17 Apr 2014

Since my one-year anniversary feature appeared in the newspaper yesterday, I have been overwhelmed by emails of support, encouragement and joy that I have received.

Tuesday, April 15

Published: Wed 16 Apr 2014

I feel a million times better than I did this time last year.

Monday, April 14

Published: Tue 15 Apr 2014

This time last year, I was gearing myself up for a visit to the accident and emergency department at Burton’s Queen’s Hospital the following morning.

Wednesday, April 9

Published: Thu 10 Apr 2014

I’m still surprised by the widespread messages of support and goodwill I receive as a resort of my daily diary.

Thursday, April 3

Published: Fri 04 Apr 2014

02/03/14 BONE-shaker MARROW-thon
Bone shaker bike marathon....Katherine Sinfield

Today I’ve been busy sorting out used stamps for my LeukaemiaCARE appeal. It was during this sorting and bagging process that I came across a letter of support and appreciation from a reader - thanks

Thursday, March 27

Published: Fri 28 Mar 2014

02/03/14 BONE-shaker MARROW-thon
Bone shaker bike marathon....Katherine Sinfield

I needed a good rest today after my late discharge from the hospital last night.

Tuesday, March 25

Published: Wed 26 Mar 2014

I was moved to my usual haematology ward at around 1am this morning, but as I’ve spent so many hours in this ward, I know all of the nurses by name - this ward has become my second home over the

Saturday, March 22 and Sunday, March 23

Published: Mon 24 Mar 2014

The day started with me having to sort an emergency appointment with the doctor as the electric shock pain running through my scalp was intensifying and I noticed the onset of small blisters beneath my

Thursday, March 20

Published: Fri 21 Mar 2014

My head problem continues and so I have had a difficult day dealing with intermittent pain and discomfort.

Wednesday, March 19

Published: Thu 20 Mar 2014

I’m still suffering a little with a sore head - and I’m still no further forward in working out why.

Friday, March 14 and Saturday, March 15

Published: Mon 17 Mar 2014

It’s less than two weeks ago since I held the BONE-shaker MARROW-thon charity ride and fun day to raise money for charity, and I am already thinking about next year.

Thursday, March 13

Published: Fri 14 Mar 2014

As the dosage of some of my tablets was reduced yesterday, I have had a much better day.

Tuesday, March 11 and Tuesday, March 11

Published: Thu 13 Mar 2014

02/03/14 BONE-shaker MARROW-thon
Bone shaker bike marathon....Steve and Katherine Sinfield

It’s back to the hospital tomorrow. I’ve now resorted to prescription-strength painkillers to help ease the sensation at night as I have had a few nights where I’ve only managed two hours

Monday, March 10

Published: Wed 12 Mar 2014

02/03/14 BONE-shaker MARROW-thon
Bone shaker bike marathon....Steve and Katherine Sinfield

I had the worst night of all time last night with close to zero hours sleep.

Sunday, March 9

Published: Tue 11 Mar 2014

02/03/14 BONE-shaker MARROW-thon
Bone shaker bike marathon....Steve and Katherine Sinfield

Today was my opportunity to support some of the bikers who attended my ride last week.

Thursday, March 6

Published: Fri 07 Mar 2014

02/03/14 BONE-shaker MARROW-thon
Bone shaker bike marathon....Steve and Katherine Sinfield

I was feeling charitable today and decided to repay some of the bikers who attended my ride on Sunday by supporting their ventures. Sunday will see bikers making their way to the National Memorial Arboretum

Wednesday, March 5

Published: Thu 06 Mar 2014

02/03/14 BONE-shaker MARROW-thon
Bone shaker bike marathon....Steve and Katherine Sinfield

I’ve had an awful day with my leg as symptoms of GvHD start to increase.

Tuesday, March 4

Published: Wed 05 Mar 2014

02/03/14 BONE-shaker MARROW-thon
Bone shaker bike marathon....Steve and Katherine Sinfield

The late nights and chaos of the past few weeks are starting to catch up with me. However, I shouldn’t moan too much because two months ago I wouldn’t have had the energy levels to do half

Monday, March 3

Published: Tue 04 Mar 2014

02/03/14 BONE-shaker MARROW-thon
Bone shaker bike marathon....Steve and Katherine Sinfield

The day after my fund-raiser has been just as busy as the weeks leading up to the event.

Thursday, February 27

Published: Fri 28 Feb 2014

I’m having to juggle visiting the hospital to see my dad with working on my fund-raiser which is taking place this weekend.

Thursday, February 20

Published: Fri 21 Feb 2014

How much bad news can one family handle? I’m not talking about my recovery from leukaemia, I’m talking about the other stresses and strains which I have to endure.

Tuesday, February 18 and Wednesday, February 19

Published: Thu 20 Feb 2014

I’ve felt a little under the weather today. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly what’s wrong, but I’ve felt tired, drained and have suffered from annoying heartburn and indigestion feelings.

Monday, February 17

Published: Tue 18 Feb 2014

The stinging in my legs which plagued me yesterday has been much better.

Thursday, February 13

Published: Fri 14 Feb 2014

With just a couple of weeks to go until my fund-raising motorcycle ride, I am having to dedicate as much time as I can manage to the project.

Wednesday, February 12:

Published: Thu 13 Feb 2014

Katherine Sinfield with stamps donated for the charity LeukaemiaCARE

This freak weather is starting to cause a headache when it comes to heading over to Birmingham for routine appointments. Some of the roads were resembling small rivers and the high winds threw up their

Tuesday, February 11:

Published: Wed 12 Feb 2014

Katherine Sinfield with stamps donated for the charity LeukaemiaCARE

Tomorrow is D-Day as I discover the success so far of my stem cell transplant.

Monday, February 10, 2014:

Published: Tue 11 Feb 2014

Katherine Sinfield with stamps donated for the charity LeukaemiaCARE

I’ve had some good news today from one of the many charities I am keen to support.

Thursday, February 6

Published: Sat 08 Feb 2014

Katherine Sinfield with stamps donated for the charity LeukaemiaCARE

I marked my 100th day today since I received the donor cells from a mystery lady in Germany.

Tuesday, January 28:

Published: Wed 29 Jan 2014

Katherine Sinfield with stamps donated for the charity LeukaemiaCARE

Next week, I will mark 100 days since my bone marrow transplant.

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