A YOUNG mum has issued a desperate plea for people to donate bone marrow so she can see her little girl grow up, according to The Sun. May Brown, 22, has been battling leukaemia since June 2015, but after a match was discovered at the end of last year she was given hope. To ready her immune system, May spent six months in isolation away from her husband Michael, 37, and two-year-old daughter Selina.
“I don’t want to have to start treatment again. I spent months away from my family in isolation last time. “The hardest bit of that treatment was being locked away from them, only able to speak to them via Skype, not getting to hug my daughter. “When I got the news that doctors had found a 10/10 match, the best possible match for me, I was on top of the world.
“I’d been given the gift of life. I’d been given a second chance. “Then just days before the transplant they said they couldn’t use it anymore and I had to go back on the wait list.” May first began to feel weak and lost her appetite in March 2015 and after visiting her GP she was given antibiotics, but they didn’t make a difference.
Over the next two months, she underwent a string of tests as her symptoms grew more and more severe until eventually, she was too exhausted to even walk down the road. She also suffered night sweats and chills, and when she dropped three stone in as many months, her friends began to worry. In June, she was diagnosed with cancer and the following day, she started chemotherapy at Poole Hospital in Dorset.
She said: “I had to endure the pain of a high dose of chemotherapy. Some days I was very ill and couldn’t get out of bed. “But the hardest bit of the treatment was being locked away from my family for seven days a week in a small room. “I had two nights at home, and they were great then Selina became clingy. She wanted me to carry her all the time. She didn’t want me to go out. She’d missed me.
“When I had to say I was leaving, to go back to the hospital, she began to scream.” After her third round of intensive chemotherapy, May went in to remission and heard the bone marrow match had been found. But just over a week before the transplant, she was told the bone marrow, from America, was now no longer available.
She said: “When I heard this I started crying. I wondered what would happen to me now.” Medics have since told her she needs a fourth top-up of chemotherapy to keep her in remission, which meant being in hospital on her daughter’s birthday over Christmas. She continued: “I’ve been lucky with my treatment so far. The chemotherapy hasn’t damaged any of my organs.
“But the more I have, the more it could destroy my healthy organs and blood cells. “I need a transplant soon to give me a better chance of surviving.” May was finally discharged last month and is now hoping a second bone marrow match is found to save her life.
“People who want to be tested need to go to their GP or the Anthony Nolan Trust,” she said. “Not to be tested specifically for me – but I hope I find a match. “I ask people to help me. I don’t want my daughter growing up without me.” There are two ways you can register as a bone marrow donor – via the Anthony Nolan Trust or the British Bone Marrow Registry.
To register through the Anthony Nolan Trust, you must be between 16 and 30, and in good general health. Alternatively, to go via the British Bone Marrow Registry, you must be aged 18 to 49.