Ann was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia after various symptoms including recurrent infections. She was treated with chemotherapy, radiotherapy and an allogenic bone marrow transplant. She is in remission.
After experiencing a variety of symptoms including persistent infections and a boil on her leg, Ann had a bad bout of tonsillitis which recurred a few weeks later along with problems with her ears and feelings of lethargy. She also experienced a rigor (shaking due to high fever). The GP prescribed antibiotics and took a blood sample. Later the same day she was admitted to hospital where she had a bone marrow biopsy, which showed she had acute myeloid leukaemia. She was told her disease was treatable but she should expect six months of disruption to her life.
Ann had a Hickman line inserted and was given oral and intravenous chemotherapy. Although this made her feel hung over and caused hair loss it failed to put her in remission. She was then given a stronger chemotherapy and offered a bone marrow transplant from a donor. Having recently married she was reluctant to have this procedure and asked for a second opinion as to whether it was really necessary. She eventually decided to have the transplant and was prepared for it with high dose chemotherapy and total body irradiation, which made her very sick.
After the transplant Ann caught chicken pox/shingles and developed graft versus host disease (GVHD), which caused a skin rash all over her body. Other, lasting effects of treatment were an underactive thyroid, under functioning kidneys, an acidic gut, cataracts in her eyes, and an early menopause.
In total Ann was absent from work for eighteen months. After she had been discharged from hospital and was starting to feel better her marriage broke down. Although she is in remission she takes a variety of medications including something for her kidneys, a thyroid hormone replacement, antibiotics, an antacid and HRT.