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/
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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.
Published: Fri 31 Jan 2014
It was back to the hospital again today for a routine appointment.
Published: Wed 29 Jan 2014
Next week, I will mark 100 days since my bone marrow transplant.
Published: Tue 28 Jan 2014
I spent the latter part of today battling nausea.
Published: Mon 27 Jan 2014
It has taken a few weeks, but I think I have found a way to beat the worst of the nausea.
Published: Sat 25 Jan 2014
I’ve had a slightly better day today but it’s still been one where I am battling bouts of nausea.
Published: Fri 24 Jan 2014
For a couple of weeks I have been getting a strange sensation in my legs.
Published: Thu 23 Jan 2014
After feeling great yesterday, my Sunday hasn’t been quite so good.
Published: Wed 22 Jan 2014
Friday, January 17
Published: Fri 10 Jan 2014
I may be low on energy, but there are certain things which give me a sudden upsurge of enthusiasm and today it was used postage stamps.
Published: Thu 09 Jan 2014
It was back to the hospital again today.
Published: Wed 08 Jan 2014
It’s back to the hospital again tomorrow for the weekly check-up and blood tests. The 9.10am appointment will make life busy in the morning?
Published: Tue 07 Jan 2014
I’m struggling to keep warm and it’s apparently quite mild for January.
Published: Mon 06 Jan 2014
Judging by the freakish weather we have experienced over the past couple of days, I am beginning to think January may bring with it some problems.
Published: Fri 03 Jan 2014
AS many people returned to work today for the first time since Christmas, my routine remained relatively unchanged – vast quantities of sleep intermixed with dozens of tablets.
Published: Thu 02 Jan 2014
As today marks the end of another year, it fills me with optimism for the year to come.
Published: Tue 31 Dec 2013
It was back to the hospital today.
Published: Mon 30 Dec 2013
My day today consisted of sleep, sleep and a bit more sleep.
Published: Fri 27 Dec 2013
My low energy levels mean that we are still running short on time and to the last minute.
Published: Fri 27 Dec 2013
I was discharged from the dermatology clinic today which is a big milestone to achieve.
Published: Fri 20 Dec 2013
Every Thursday we wait by the telephone ready for the hospital to call.
Published: Thu 19 Dec 2013
It was back to the hospital today for routine blood tests and a check-up.
Published: Wed 18 Dec 2013
The district nurse came today to check and re-dress the wound on my back - everything is doing well.
Published: Tue 17 Dec 2013
The busy weekend always catches up with me on Monday and leaves me needing extra rest.
Published: Fri 13 Dec 2013
As usual, my visit to the hospital yesterday, has left me absolutely shattered today.
Published: Thu 12 Dec 2013
Today it was back to the hospital clinic for a routine check-up.
Published: Wed 11 Dec 2013
The district nurse came today to remove the stitches which held together the flesh where I once had a Hickman Line.
Published: Tue 10 Dec 2013
The antibiotics and pain-killers must be working as I am feeling the best I have felt for days.
Published: Thu 21 Nov 2013
The doctors are really pleased with my progress as my white blood cell count has suddenly jumped to 2.4.