5 days – 118.5 hours – 18,530km’s later…..

And so it begins…

-Gandof

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Tuesday the 24th of February – WE ARRIVE!!!

We Arrive at hotel, find our bearings involving a massive journey from China town into singapore city – my amazing sis soon discovered that China town is not made for wheelchairs:(

Introduction to the most incredible Singaporean dumplings!  In fact in turns out where we went has one michelin star!

Re introduction to pure WATERMELON juice, childhood memories in singapore come flooding back!!!

32-34 degrees everyday, 100% humidity, 25 degrees overnight

– THANK GOODNESS FOR AIRCON AND WATER, WATER, WATER!!!

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Wednesday the 25th of February

10am appointment with the wonderful Nuerologist  Professor Pavani.

She confirms that she thinks I’m a perfect candidate for a transplant! (dependant on approval from the Haematologist the next day).

Tour of the food court in the hospital – THIS TRIP HAD ALOT TO DO WITH FOOD!!!

Afternoon spent touring around ‘the gardens by the bay’, in 34deg heat but WOW!

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Thursday the 26th February

WOHOO THIS COULD BE THE DAY IVE BEEN WAITING 3YEARS FOR!!!

10.30 appointment with the Hemotologist Dr Colin.

To put it bluntly IM IN!!!!!!!!!!!!

SHOCKED

NUMB

TEARS SHED

SOMEONE PINCH ME

HOW DO I CELEBRATE THIS?!?!?!?!

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We then spent the afternoon out having lunch with one of the amazing local pastors (Gracie will be a wonderful person to know throughout my time in singapore)

Then back to the hotel we go – MORE FOOD, pack & have an early night!

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Friday the 27th February

4.30 am wake up

6am taxi ride

AND OFF WE GO AGAIN

See again soon Singapore!

Saturday the 27th of February

2am settle into Auckland hotel for a few hours

10am shuttle to the airport

12noon flight home to Nelson

“There is no place like home.”
― L. Frank BaumThe Wonderful Wizard of Oz

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Sunday the 16th of March – And…

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Eek was that 2 weeks ago!?!?!?

Since then I’ve been home,  spending most of it in bed on antibiotics & oral steroids as I fought 2 infections, bit of a flare up – BASICALLY UTTER EXHUSTION!!!

In usual Beck’s style during this time out (that I’ve told myself is training for recovery) I’ve been busy organising the details from this end; had a new housemate move in, handed my job over to a friend who will do it for the rest of the year, worked out all that I need to take and been organising to have my hair shaved off before I go!

MOST IMPORTANTLY I SLEPT!!!

Yes I have decided to have my hair shaved off.  After talking to many people that I know who have had the transplant.  This is for a couple of reasons; to reduce the anxiety that comes with it falling out (which it will be soon after treatment starts) and so I can start this big journey with my friends here in Nelson.

In fact I can’t wait to get this mop taken off, get this process underway and begin to dream about what life will be like afterwards (ha including my new hair)!

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