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/
I would like to dedicate my diary today to Penny Walker who appeared in Wednesday’s newspaper.
Published: Wed 23 Apr 2014
I have to say thanks to the readers of my diary for your kindness and concern.
Published: Tue 22 Apr 2014
As my tongue is proving to be a problem when it comes to simple tasks such as cleaning my teeth, I switched from normal toothpaste to a children’s toothpaste.
Published: Mon 21 Apr 2014
A recurring side-effect of my transplant and drugs is a very sore tongue.
Published: Fri 18 Apr 2014
The appointment letters have started to drop through the letterbox again.
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.
Published: Wed 16 Apr 2014
I feel a million times better than I did this time last year.
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.
Published: Mon 14 Apr 2014
I’ve been busy trying to think of new ways to support the blood cancer charities which have been instrumental in my care.
Published: Fri 11 Apr 2014
I managed to sleep much better last night.
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.
Published: Wed 09 Apr 2014
I continue having trouble sleeping.
Published: Mon 07 Apr 2014
Friday, April 4
Published: Fri 04 Apr 2014
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
Published: Tue 01 Apr 2014
The weather this weekend has been glorious again.
Published: Mon 31 Mar 2014
I’m beginning to get to grips with the side-effects of my shingles.
Published: Fri 28 Mar 2014
I needed a good rest today after my late discharge from the hospital last night.
Published: Thu 27 Mar 2014
I made it home today - just.
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
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
Published: Fri 21 Mar 2014
My head problem continues and so I have had a difficult day dealing with intermittent pain and discomfort.
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.
Published: Wed 19 Mar 2014
I’ve been suffering with a sore head all day.
Published: Tue 18 Mar 2014
I’m having to resort to drinking through a straw as the sides of my mouth are beginning to split.
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.
Published: Fri 14 Mar 2014
As the dosage of some of my tablets was reduced yesterday, I have had a much better day.
Published: Thu 13 Mar 2014
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
Published: Wed 12 Mar 2014
I had the worst night of all time last night with close to zero hours sleep.
Published: Tue 11 Mar 2014
Today was my opportunity to support some of the bikers who attended my ride last week.
Published: Fri 07 Mar 2014
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
Published: Thu 06 Mar 2014
I’ve had an awful day with my leg as symptoms of GvHD start to increase.
Published: Wed 05 Mar 2014
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
Published: Tue 04 Mar 2014
The day after my fund-raiser has been just as busy as the weeks leading up to the event.
Published: Mon 03 Mar 2014
I am really pushing my energy levels to the limits as I try to frantically prepare everything for my fund-raiser on Sunday. So much behind-the-scenes work goes into planning such events.
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.
Published: Thu 27 Feb 2014
It was back to the hospital today for my x-ray and ultrasound tests.
Published: Tue 25 Feb 2014
I’m gearing up for a busy week ahead.
Published: Mon 24 Feb 2014
My dad had his operation today for his fractured hip – instead of trying to repair the damaged ball joint, they have replaced it with an artificial piece.
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.
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.
Published: Tue 18 Feb 2014
The stinging in my legs which plagued me yesterday has been much better.
Published: Mon 17 Feb 2014
My remission news is proving very popular with lots of messages on Twitter, Facebook and via email.
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.
Published: Thu 13 Feb 2014
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
Published: Wed 12 Feb 2014
Tomorrow is D-Day as I discover the success so far of my stem cell transplant.
Published: Tue 11 Feb 2014
I’ve had some good news today from one of the many charities I am keen to support.
Published: Mon 10 Feb 2014
Friday, February 7, 2014:
Published: Sat 08 Feb 2014
I marked my 100th day today since I received the donor cells from a mystery lady in Germany.
Published: Thu 06 Feb 2014
I’ve been suffering with post-transplant side-effects.
Published: Wed 05 Feb 2014
My energy levels have been very good today but I’m back to battling nausea and trying to accurately time my meals and tablets.
Published: Tue 04 Feb 2014
I made the most of my ‘tablet holiday’ and absence of nausea by taking a trip to the shops.