BRAVE journalist Adrian Sudbury has rejected a final chance to save his life.
The Examiner writer has been told by doctors that the leukaemia he has fought for 18 harrowing months has come back.
And he has turned down their offer of intensive chemotherapy which has only a slim chance of working.
It means he may have only weeks or, at the most, months to live.
But the man who has astounded people across the world with his brave and highly-public battle against the killer disease is astonishingly philosophical about the devastating news, given to him yesterday after medical tests earlier this week.
“The decision for me was easy,” said Adrian.
“I am incredibly sad for my friends and family.
“I have had a long time to face my own mortality and I think I’m OK.
“How can you be scared about something that is going to happen to everyone?
“I am heartbroken that everything has come to an end at just 26 but my quality of life has been greatly reduced by the post transplant complication graft versus host disease.
“I’ve been told it’s weeks to months to live.”
Adrian has battled against leukaemia since November, 2006, when he drove himself to hospital, after weeks of feeling unwell, and was told he could have had just two weeks to live.
Since then, doctors have diagnosed that he was suffering from two distinct types of the disease running at the same time.
Medical records suggested he was the only person in the world to have the condition. The treatment he has undergone since that fateful date have included chemotherapy and, eventually, a bone marrow transplant.
The transplant led to him developing a condition called Graft Versus Host disease, which brought many unpleasant side effects.
Throughout it all he chronicled his fight on Baldy’s Blog, via the Examiner website, an online feature which earned him three media awards.
Now Adrian has made the brave decision not to put himself through more torment.
He said: “Terrible news but I was braced for it.
“The leukaemia has come back and the tests from Monday show that once again it is now visible in the bone marrow. The only treatment option would be intensive chemotherapy again.
“I have declined because I would like to spend the final weeks I have with my friends and family.
“The chances of the chemotherapy working are not good.
“This strange chronic form of the disease has already resisted two regular cycles of chemotherapy, high dose chemotherapy and radiotherapy. The new immune system, from my donated cells, has failed to hunt out any residual cells and has also not responded to specific medicines.
“I had to decide whether I wanted further treatment, the discomfort, sickness, disgusting metallic taste and being on a hospital ward for another three weeks.”
LEUKAEMIA patients can be helped by bone marrow transplants – and a clinic taking place in Huddersfield today aims to find suitable donors.
The Anthony Nolan Trust have arranged the clinic between 3.30pm and 6.30pm at Newsome South Methodist Church in Birch Road, in the hope of finding a suitable donor for young Sophie Edwards.
Sophie, 7, of Newsome, is battling leukaemia.
A Trust spokesman said: “We hold donor recruitment clinics all around the UK. People can call our Donor Recruitment Department on 020 7284 1234 to ask for details of clinics in their area or click here for the latest details.
“If they attend a clinic, we will give them time to read over documentation and complete a medical history questionnaire to ensure that they meet our medical criteria, understand the importance of the commitment they are making, as well as what will happen if they are identified as a potential match.
“A trained phlebotomist will take a blood sample from their arm. Then, if they’re lucky, they'll be offered tea and a biscuit – but we can't guarantee this part!
“Some medical conditions prevent people from becoming potential donors but, in the majority of cases, would-be volunteers are able to move on to the second stage of registering.”