My name is Sharon Mcgrath, and I am a blood cancer survivor, in 2015 I developed leukaemia and received a bone marrow transplant. I relapsed last year and received a stem cell transplant in February of this year. Both the bone marrow and stem cells were donated from my brother Keith. We are now genetic twins. This is a gift I can never repay.
Cancer is a huge challenge but to beat it twice you really must dig deep. I could not have got through this journey without the wonderful support of my husband Ray, family and friends. I will always be extremely grateful to the wonder care shown to me at University College Hospital Galway and St James Hospital Dublin. As an inpatient for several months, you cannot but be amazed by how hardworking and dedicated all the team are. Afterwards, it gives you a new perspective on life and a sense of gratitude for what you have. I have made many new friends and meet some wonderful people along the way. I appreciate how lucky I am and realise this is not everyone’s story.
There is always reason to be optimistic, this time last year I was starting my treatment in Galway and this month I am doing a fundraiser for the BMLT. It is a privilege to be able to give back. Treatments and research are improving year on year and supports like the BMLT are invaluable.
Sharon has already raised over €3,000 for the trust, a fantastic effort by her and her community.
Follow the link if you would like to donate to Sharon’s Fundraiser