Back in June 2020 during our week of annual leave, my husband become ill very quickly, we all thought it was just the flu. We spent our leave from work mainly at home because he just wanted to sleep. I went back to work the following Monday waving goodbye to my husband. It was like any normal day. That morning he had a gut feeling something was very wrong so took himself to A&E, he was later that day diagnosed with Acute Myloid Leukaemia. My healthy, fit husband had cancer. It knocked our world apart. When I said goodbye to him that morning I didn’t realise I would not see him at home again for another 32 days. That initial week was a whirlwind of shock and sadness. We didn’t know what the prognosis was going to be. I had a 3-year-old and 5-year-old at home, trying to tell them that they would not see Daddy for a while was heartbreaking. Due to COVID-19, they did not see their Daddy until he came home 32 days later.
The struggles have been hard on us both. My husband enduring brutal chemotherapy for leukaemia, the lows came in thick and fast. To be honest I didn’t know how to hold what seemed the rest of the world together for his sake and our children’s sake.
My husband is now on his second chemo round and this is another 4 weeks minimum in hospital away from the children. He has achieved remission so far but will need a further third round. By October we hope that he will finish treatment. He wants to be strong and fit again and he has the attitude and determination to do this and keep cancer at bay. His recovery will take some time but he can do anything if he tries, he needs to pedal his way back and kick the boot to cancer! My husband is going through an awful time I would like to nominate him because I feel he deserves a treat. I can’t do anything to take away what has happened but I can nominate.