Chris received a transplant in 2007 to treat mantle cell lymphoma
‘I had my stem cell transplant nearly 10 years ago, and since then, I’ve suffered with various complications. There were times when I felt I might be over the worst, but then something else would happen.
‘In 2011, I started to think about returning to work. But then I got another infection and was seriously ill with graft versus host disease (GvHD), which required further treatment.
‘All this meant I couldn’t go back to my old job. I used to travel extensively and loved working hard and the rewards that came with that. With all these complications, I felt like a prisoner to the disease.
‘Though I was glad to be alive, it’s not the only thing that’s important. It truly shocked me how poor the support after treatment can be, and nothing could’ve prepared me for what I faced.
‘Years later, I’m now doing well and I’ve started a new career raising awareness of cancer in the community. But it’s been incredibly challenging getting back to my life after treatment.