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Hopes for 2022

Hello forum family. After another uncertain and difficult year, we thought it might be good to have a thread where people can share their hopes for 2022.
Does anyone have any they’d like to share.

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Oh my hopes, great idea @Alice_BloodCancerUK, where do I start:
To have good health
To get appropriate amounts of good sleep
To have good fitness
To be happy
To enjoy myself
To feel serene
To not feel stressed
To not feel fear
To not feel anxious
To see the end to Covid
To see my son
To see family
To see friends
To have cuddles
To have hugs
To have kisses
To socialise
Have a laugh
To go out without a mask
To go into shops
To not take on commitments
To always show gratitude
To have a roof over my head
To have food on the table
To never run out of hot chocolate
To play music I like at every opportunity
To read more
To have good internet connection
To appreciate architecture
To appreciate nature
That there may be more kinder, targeted treatments, and dare I say, cures for blood cancers
To continue to be part of our forum
To never lose my sense of humour
Never forget how very lucky I am
I must stop now, I could go on and let others join in

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I hope you have written this down and tick each one off as you do it! A great list with lots to look forward to. Sometimes we take so much for granted but it’s the simple things that are the most important X

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@Nichola75 thanks so much for that handy hint.
I have just copied my list elsewhere and please feel free to remind me of my lapses in
2022 !!!

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My hope for 2022 - to be able to live without fear again. An end to being wary of unmasked fellow travellers and panting joggers. An end to being nervous of confined spaces with Covid incubating students. An end to being treated with kid gloves by family members who worry in case they or one of the grandchildren have Covid and pass it on. An end to worrying that I might pick up the virus and give it to my seriously ill sister in law or my elderly Aunt A return to delighting in the company of my fellow human beings instead of avoiding them. Well I can dream!

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And who knows, thus year all your dreams may come true X

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Absolutely beautifully put @Ismo

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'fraid my hopes are much less rosy!
Would just like my prostate cancer to behave as well as my Thrombocythemia has over the last eight years. Aberdeen Haematology have been brilliant all that time, but I now have to go back to Urology, who definitely didn’t cover themselves with glory in our last encounter.
And a slowing of the rate of deterioration caused by my wife’s Alzheimers would help!
DickM

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Hi @DickM I think your hopes are definitely so, so valid.
Please let us know how your encounter with your Urology Dept. goes.
May your hopes come true.
Take so much care of yourselves

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Two hopes that mean so much to you X

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Best wishes @DickM and a wish that all cancer depts would remember that a kind word and careful explanation goes a long way.

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I hope your hopes are realised, DickM.

I hope to get back into a workplace, rather than work entirely from home.

And I hope my second DLI does the trick and keeps my t cell chimerism at 100%.

And the biggest hope of all: A massive breakthrough in treating blood cancers. All cancers. All disease. One can hope!

Happy Christmas, all. X

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Wouldn’t it be great if the latter was achieved!!! I hope all your wishes come true :crossed_fingers::blush:

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Great hopes @Fullofbeans, we await

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Many of us will be alone this Christmas, but we’re not lonely….we have each other. Big virtual hug to all of you wherever you are. Keep posting over the weekend and we’ll get through it.

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Hi @Strad we sure will get through it with our forum family around us.
The main thing is that you stay safe and know we are here.
Keep posting everyone, it can be such a difficult time.

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I do not have any hopes or expectations for 2022, that way I cannot be disappointed. Quite frankly, there are some days when I just want to go to sleep and never wake up - I am not going to do anything for this to be the case, but should this be my fate, I’m ready. I feel I’ve achieved everything I wanted to in life and, as I approach my 58th birthday, I really can’t see the opportunity for much achievement or fulfilment any longer. I would rather my assets pass to my 25 year old son, so that he has some financial security, than eke out my days feeling trapped, bored and isolated. Sorry for being such a pessimist, but I’d rather be honest and authentic than plaster on a fake smile and pretend that I have hopes and I’m sure I’m not the only one in the forum who now feels like this.
However, good luck to those who are hopeful - having positive expectations is a good coping mechanism, but I’m past that point now in my journey. The fatigue, pain and tedium I live with has finally taken its toll.

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Hi @SpaceAngel, I am so sorry to hear that you feel the fatigue, pain and tedium you live with has finally taken its toll, but I feel so glad that you feel that you can be so honest and authentic with us, I feel humbled and I really admire you.
I know that there have been times when I have had similar feelings to you.
For me it feels such an isolated place and I think Covid times have exacerbated that for all of us.
I realise I so readily stick that smiley mask on and stuff all my honesty down inside.
I know that there have been times when I have had similar feelings to you.
Does anyone on your medical team know how you are really feeling?
The Blood Cancer UK support line is there for if you fancy a chat, apart from bank holidays.
Also are Macmillan Cancer support and of course the Samaritans 24/7 on 116 123.
We are always here for you on our forum, look after and be kind to yourself, oh, and keep posting.

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Hello fellow cancer patients, I’ve had a pretty traumatic time since I first posted, back in August I think it was. I’ve had quite a few ups and downs since I was given the news that I had one of the worst strains of leukaemia (Acute Myeloid Leukaemia with a TP53 mutation). The one really good thing that happened this December was that I managed to go to my youngest daughters wedding (although I had to sign myself out of hospital as the clinicians advised me not to go). But I did go and it was a wonderful day, it was everything I could have ever dreamed of. Myself and my dad managed to walk her down the aisle, although I’m not sure who was holding who up at the time :blush:. It was a truly amazing experience and one I’ll never forget, ever! Looking back on it now, only a few short weeks ago, I realise that it gave me such a boost when I needed it most when things were not going well for me. But it gave me something else too, it gave me a belief and a fresh hope that I can still win this battle. I have a bonemarrow transplant on 12th January which, if successful, could give me a new lease of life. So my hope for 2022 on a personal level is that I hope the transplant is successful, but also my hope for all my fellow cancer patients in 2022 is that you too are able to find something, maybe an event like my daughters wedding, that will give you all a fresh belief and a hope that maybe hasn’t been there recently. Best wishes to you all :blush:

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Sometimes @Yorkshire1962 we weigh things up heart v head, logic v illogic etc. whatever, and we make decisions, but psychotically the boost of going and participating at your daughter’s wedding was not what your doctor ordered, but turned at to be ‘just what the doctor ordered’.
So now you have a bone marrow transplant on the 12th Jan.
There are a couple of threads on here from others that have had bone marrow transplants on here and we are here, as is the Blood Cancer UK support line so please keep posting when you can.
Look after yourself and what a way to start 2022