February 2020 – My last Post!

Welcome to my last blog post covering my Leukaemia journey from August 2017 to February 2020 – almost two and a half years.

In mid January I underwent a series of two year post bone marrow transplant tests including a bone marrow biopsy (to detect signs of leukaemia), a bone density test, heart test, lung function and others.  I had 13 separate blood samples taken for a range of blood tests.

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13 separate blood samples for my two year tests that showed all counts in the normal range

My wife, Jan and I met with  Amit Khot, my haematologist in late January to receive the good news that I was technically in ‘molecular remission’ – basically cured of cancer, with less than 5% chance of relapse.  This was wonderful news – many people don’t survive this nasty disease.  I am in the lucky category!

Almost all my blood counts are now in the normal range and I feel fit and healthy – almost back to my pre-diagnosis health.  The main issues I currently deal with are quite minor and ‘at the fringe’ being GVHD, largely of the soft tissues in my mouth and some minor aches and pains of muscles and bone joints. These things can be easily managed and don’t affect my day to day activities much at all.

I must say I am eternally grateful for many things and would like to thank the many people have helped me return to health:

  • The wonderful medical and support staff at RMH and Peter MacCallum – in particular Professor John Seymour and Dr Amit Khot
  • My gorgeous wife (and proof reader!) Jan who stayed by my side for many months advocating for my return to health
  • My wonderful family who have supported me through some pretty tough times and in particular our wonderful children Claire, Lachlan and Dougall.
  • My brother Tony who donated his stem cells (bone marrow) to keep me alive
  • Our friends who have wished me well and made special efforts to visit and keep in touch
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My family supported me through the treatment of this nasty disease. I couldn’t have done it without them!

I am now moving onto 3 and then 6 monthly blood tests and checkups and anticipate that my focus on leukaemia will wane as I move forward with my life.

I have recently contributed an article for the AML news – a special newsletter produced by the Leukaemia Foundation and you can read it on my Blog under the home page.

My treatment for Leukaemia has been an incredible experience, with some challenging situations and one of learning and growth.  Whilst I would not wish it on anyone I do implore those with a similar diagnosis to stay focused and positive in an attempt to manage your own recovery.

Thankyou to each and everyone who has connected with my blog and have taken the time to send messages of support.  This support was a key factor in my recovery.

I wish you all health and happiness in your own lives.

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Good friend Dr John Preddy from Wagga who helped me with the best contacts and information in the early days of my treatment.
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My brother Tony saved my life with his bone marrow (stem cell) transplant. What a gift!

23 thoughts on “February 2020 – My last Post!

  1. Absolutely Fantastic Geoff !!
    well done. It’s so good to be reading this last blog celebrating your good health.

    Kindest regards
    Roger & Sally Wakefield

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  2. To our dearest friend Geoff and the amazing Hamilton Family – This is the BEST news for the whole of 2020. We are all so thrilled and relieved and you have now given so many people hope that they can overcome the worst cancer and survive and come out smiling.
    Masses of love and lots of fun to come over many years
    Kate and Stewart xxx

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  3. That really is such great news Geoff – so so happy for you all, and for all of us who admire and love you and Jan !
    Jode and Colesy x

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  4. What wonderful wonderful news Geoff – I have followed your blogs and am in absolute oar of your strength, positivity, courage and determination to kick this cancer to the curve. You have always been a strong soul. I wish you and your beautiful family continual good health , lots of laughter and love as you power through your new journey (that sees the backend of cancer) ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜
    Big hugs to you all Deanne x

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  5. Great to hear and great about your recovery Geoff. . Thank you for doing your blog, it is inspiring that through difficult times you were all prepared and emotionally able to share your story.
    Regards

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  6. Wonderful news Geoff, I have tears rolling down my cheeks reading about your success – you are a champion!
    All my love to you all
    XXXX
    Amanda

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  7. Great news Geoff. It’s been a tricky few years and strength to you, Jan and Claire,Lacky and Dougs for managing it all.

    Xx love annette

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  8. Geoff, this is wonderful news, you really tackled the cruel hand that you were dealt with courage, conviction and dignity..
    Congrats, and a toast to continued good health.
    Cheers!
    Warwick and Ruth Daw

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  9. Great news Geoff, we have read each blog and waiting for the Feb one, so pleased for you, Jan and your family. Well done!

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  10. Teary reading this wonderful news Geoff. Well done on your recovery- and your journey to recovery! I wish you continued health… love to you, Jan and family ๐Ÿ™‚
    Sam.

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  11. What wonderful news, as we were expecting. With your usual drive you certainly gave it a big serve! Future patients will no doubt enjoy the improved view from their window, thanks to you. The Peter MacCallum research team will also thank you, perhaps in compensation for the millions of questions you and Jan asked…..How great you had such good support from Jan, family and friends. Love Dad and Mum

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  12. This is brilliant news, and I must say, not unexpected. All the hard work and support from everyone has paid off and you made it through! So happy for you and your family. Welcome to your new normal.
    Cheers Cathy and Fred

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  13. Just read this post ( we are a bit behind in Tumbarumba!) and it brought a tear to the eye – so, so glad that the ordeal is over for you all and ‘normal” life can resume. Well done team Hamilton – what champions you all are.

    Sending lots of love and best wishes

    Geoff and Hoody xo

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  14. Bravo Geoff & your angels Jan, Lachie, Claire, Dougz and brother Tony.
    Couldnโ€™t be happier to see you sign off as healthy!
    Although, I will miss your newsy blog and great photos of your survival down Leukemia Rd!
    Guess itโ€™s time to visit you in Tassie.
    Love in abundance The Tucker crew xx

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