Pagan Goral is just 18 years old and in July 2013 she was sat down and given the news that no 18 year old should have to hear. She was told that she has Acute Myeloid Leukaemia and from that day on her life changed.
Hello everyone my name is Pagan. Well, where do I start?
"At first I had what I thought was a very bad mouth infection. Mom and Nan took me to A&E at the Queen Elizabeth hospital, Birmingham on July 3rd due to me having a panic attack.
I was dehydrated so they kept me in, then on July 4th Dr Jim Murray came and told me the terrible news...it shocked us and we cannot tell you how devastated we were..."
Pagan Goral, Age 18
July 3rd 2013
I had my bone marrow taken and started chemotherapy straight away. I needed to sign lots of paperwork as the Doctor asked us about a current clinical trial. So, on Friday 5th July I had my Hickman line put in on my chest, just under my skin. This is where all my chemo and other medication could be put in when I was on a drip.
September 7th 2013
The Doctor said he’s ‘very concerned’ how things are as I wasn’t responding very well.
September 9th 2013
Another bone marrow was taken. My temperature was still very high, I was very weak now and couldn’t stand without help.
I didn’t look well at all; this week was the worst week of our lives.
They tried to get a pic line in my arm...they tried four times in one arm without any luck, so they called my doctor down. He said “try the other arm we have got to get it in”, mom was holding her breath, I was getting upset but it’s got to go in - and yes, at long last it was in.
November 21st 2013
The transplant went ahead; I had a very sore mouth. I was doing great but very sleepy, this went on for the next four weeks until December 11th when I went home after six months in hospital and continued to do well. Although I was still very sleepy my eating became better and then on December 14th I had a high temperature and was remitted back in to the Q.E. I had yet another C.T scan which showed I had pneumonia, I stayed in hospital until January 7th 2014 and now I’m beginning to do so much better.
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