My name is Wendy Duffield.
I was born in 1961, straddling the baby boomer generation and generation X. I was always more of a punk rocker! I live in South Manchester and work part time as a solicitor. I have practised as a solicitor for a while but before that I did all sorts of things including a lot of world travel, doing a research degree and working in the voluntary sector.
I was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma on 24th December 2010 at the age of 49. Up until then I was pretty healthy, fairly active and as complacent as most people about how long I would live. I was living with my partner with whom I had been for 20 years.
In January 2011, within a month all that changed, I was now a cancer patient, dealing with a rare incurable blood cancer of the plasma cells in the bone marrow, split up from my partner and coping with chemotherapy.
In 2012 I enjoyed living in remission for 15/16 months following an autologous (meaning from my own stem cells) stem cell transplant on 1 September 2011. By January 2013 my myeloma markers were rising so technically I was no longer in remission although at that stage I had no signs other than my blood markers.
I was inspired to write a blog by a friend who also has myeloma and has an excellent blog
She writes so eloquently about her journey with myeloma since she was diagnosed.
I dont think I could have written a blog when I was going through treatment and splitting up with my partner. I was too distressed and distracted so my blog will be about my life since my stem cell transplant and how it is (at least for me) to be living with the big C.
Welcome to my world!