On creativity, sharing & empowerment

Personal aplastic anaemia blogs tend to end abruptly. Following weeks or months of emotionally charged posts, without announcement, they just… stop. This leaves my mind to flit anxiously between the only 2 possible scenarios: a. the patient has grown tired of recounting their health journey and neglected to inform their readers, orb. the patient has diedContinue reading “On creativity, sharing & empowerment”

How are you?

It’s a question we ask and are asked constantly – which is curious, as it tends to elicit such a meaningless response. “I’m very well, thank you! How are you?” Any elaboration on all that is going on for you – or just an honest “I feel crap” – is generally received with unease. A full-bodied answerContinue reading “How are you?”

So long, farewell, auf wiedershen, good night

Goodbyes come in many guises. Some are grief-stricken, some are joyful. Some are laden with regret, some are triumphant. Some are transient, some are final. This week, I am doing my round of goodbyes. As I temporarily retreat from ‘normal life’ – knowing that the party will carry on without me – I feel likeContinue reading “So long, farewell, auf wiedershen, good night”

Thanksgiving Haikus

Someone, somewhere is undergoing a rigorous set of medical tests. Soon, he will begin a self-injection regime to send his stem cell production into overdrive. When his bones are near bursting point, release will come by circling his supercharged blood through a cell-separating machine. He will go home drained – quite literally – his marrowContinue reading “Thanksgiving Haikus”

The art of being prepared

Do you remember those saccharine sticks of rock you used to buy at the seaside? The ones with words like ‘Southend on Sea’ impossibly inscribed along the middle. If you sliced through my bones, you would find the word ‘Planner’ debossed in indelible ink along their core. How does an inveterate planner prepare for anContinue reading “The art of being prepared”