Returning to work after a bone marrow or stem cell transplant can be a challenging time – and it varies for every patient. In today’s blog, Billie from the Patient Team spoke to three different people about their experiences returning to work: Ian, Jemma, and Brian.
For some patients, their side effects mean that a return to work post-transplant isn’t possible. This can be short term, but can also go on for much longer.
Billie in the patient team spoke to transplant recipient Ceinwen (26) about her experiences after she had a stem cell transplant to treat aplastic anaemia.
For most people who’ve had a stem cell transplant, the return to work doesn’t occur until at least a year post-transplant. However, some are able to go back sooner – like Mark, who was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2015, and made his return to work a few months post-transplant.
We’ve found two interesting studies from the latest research in stem cell transplantation, tackling how creativity might help during recovery, and the impact of transplant on people’s sex lives.
In 2013, Peter had a bone marrow transplant to treat his acute myeloid leukaemia (AML). He spoke to Billie in the patient team about his experience, as well as how practicing Tai Chi has helped him during his transplant and in his long-term recovery.
‘Chemobrain’ – the unofficial nickname given to cognitive or memory problems that can occur after chemotherapy – is something that we know affects bone marrow transplant recipients.
Billie in the patient team spoke to three people to learn how they manage living with symptoms and how they’ve needed to adapt their lives post-transplant.