Leonidas, King of Sparta, speaks to the leaders of the allied Greek forces who joined "The 300 " in defiance of the Persian invasion at the Battle of Thermopylae 480BC.
"Gates of Fire" by Steven Pressfield
___________________________ Last week was fantastic.
___________________________ Today not only marks 1 week into the 10'000 Donors campaign. (thank you all for your unwavering support and commitment) It also signifies the next stage of myeloma management as I start the maintenance regime of chemotherapy to keep the post transplant paraprotein levels at bay. Pill form that I can take at home which is a blessing, but drugs non the less which I'd much rather not be taking. 3 weeks on and 1 week off. But after a blissful 2 months off all heavy medication, it is a dispiriting return to the fight to keep the myeloma in check. But moaning aside, I am so grateful that I am able to benefit from the medical marvels on offer today that only a few years ago, were not. Feel that same fatigue again from previous regimes but a small price to pay. I'll know soon enough the full extent of side effects.
___________________________ Plans continue to come to fruition and I am looking forward to doing many more presentations as well as engaging with any and all opportunities to promote the great work of DKMS, ACLT, Anthony Nolan and Myeloma UK. I make no apology for becoming a social media whore but hope that it does not become too overbearing for all of you who have so patiently followed my journey so far. If it does, please feel free to let me know in no uncertain terms, to rein in my new found penchant for posting the shit out of stuff! I might not have the energy to commit to endeavours as in previous years, but what drive I still have, I will not waste. I am no historian but the lessons I take from what I have experienced to date, leave me quite clear that doing nothing, being passive, is simply not an option. Do pick up a copy of "Gates of Fire" if you are in the market for a very, very good read. If not for the writing craft and gripping story, it will tell you all you need to know about how my mind is set.