Experiences of coping

Best of luck @CathyG to you and your husband. Thinking of you both. X

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When I initially came to the forum I titled my post “Experiences of Coping” because my Other Half had just been diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia. I was terrified (still am a bit) because we didn’t know what to expect and felt we had no future. Two cycles of Chemo ‘Lite’ and then a cycle of Industrial Strength chemo later - none of which worked and he was declared terminal last September and given just ‘months’. The day after that diagnosis he tested positive for covid and almost died. Last November he was put forward for a drug trial being run by the Christie Hospital in Manchester. Well, we’re 6 months on from that and he’s still here, still functioning and living good quality of life and up until 3 days ago when he contracted covid AGAIN!!
Today he has been to the hospital for an infusion of Sotrovimab to help prevent serious illness or hospitalisation - let’s see what happens there.
My thoughts today are firstly, ALL HAIL THE SCIENCE and second, to say that whilst life is far from mapped out and we still have no idea what the future holds I now feel totally different and feel more able to cope with whatever comes. It is truly horrific to be given a life limiting diagnosis and especially in the midst of a pandemic - Ha, could it get any worse! But we all have reserves of emotional strength that we didn’t realise we have and you learn to live a different life. We look now at what we can do and not what we can’t, we take pleasure in small things and try not to sweat the small stuff. You do really get enormous strength from family, friends and the absolutely AMAZING health professionals and these people carry you forward on a tidal wave. So, I just wanted to say, there is life still to be had even when you think there isn’t and you cope better than you think you will.
Now if this ******* covid would just leave us alone we can carry on carrying on.

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Wow @CathyG I am blown away by your post and your newly found philosophy.
I have to say your Other Half is very unlucky to contract Covid twice, but medical advances have been made since last September.
Yes, enjoy every day is so important and the best things in life are free, like relationships.

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@Erica - well, the update is that he had an infusion of Sotrovimab and it worked wonders!! Aren’t our scientists BRILLIANT !

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They really are. I’m so glad it helped! X

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Yes, @CathyG absolutely brilliant and, it might not seem it but, they have worked so quickly in the circumstances.

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