CAMPAIGNING Examiner reporter Adrian Sudbury has learnt he has only about a fortnight left to live.
After a discussion with his consultant on Friday, leukaemia patient Adrian broke the news to his supporters via his online diary, Baldy’s Blog.
The 27-year-old said: “My life expectancy literally is weeks now. I know we have been saying that for a while, but my white cell count is spiralling upwards and out of control.”
Adrian was diagnosed with two kinds of leukaemia 18 months ago – the only person in the world to have such a condition. Since then, he has undergone a variety of treatments, including a bone marrow transplant.
Sadly, this did not cure his condition but it did give him an extra year of life.
He wanted some of 16,000 people in the world waiting for a transplant to have the same chance.
So, after being told his condition was terminal three months ago, he launched his Sign Up For Sudders campaign to educate more people about bone marrow, blood and organ donation.
A key part of the campaign has been to get the Government to educate young people in schools and colleges about donation as standard.
Adrian has met Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Health Secretary Alan Johnson and Ed Balls, Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families and has got backing for his idea from them all.
Last Wednesday he made one final big outing to Downing Street to hand in a petition in support of better education, which received 11,301 signatures online and on paper copies.
Adrian made the journey despite exhaustion and rapidly deteriorating health – not helped by a stomach infection he had recently picked up.
He said his doctors told him he could live until autumn if he continued with the same treatment regime.
But he decided to withdraw much of his treatment and opt for a shorter lifespan.
He said: “I spoke to my consultant while having blood and basically asked: “What is the point of this?”
“Think about it, what is the point of carrying on with this half-existence? I can’t eat much, have a beer, socialising with friends is difficult. I’m weak and progressively deteriorating. Why draw this period out? It helps me take some control back over this unenviable position in which I find myself.”
Adrian said he hopes people will continue to support his campaign for better awareness about donation.
You can find out more by visiting his blog at http://baldyblog.freshblogs.co.uk or by visiting the Anthony Nolan Trust website on www.anthonynolan.org.uk or the NHS Blood and Transplant at www.blood.co.uk or www.uktransplant.org.uk