Wilson’s Warriors unite as family ahead of transplant
When the Wilson’s Warriors team gather for Light the Night in Toowoomba on October 6 it will be treasured time for a family facing up to life with blood cancer.
In 2015, just months into his retirement, David Wilson made a blood donation that would change life as he knew it. Tests revealed the fit, healthy, father-of-two was living with smouldering myeloma, which is a plasma cell disorder that shows no symptoms.
“The diagnosis came as a complete shock to us,” said his wife, Bette.
Regular blood tests and haematologist appointments suggested it would remain symptomless for some time.
“We decided not to do too much research and just keep on as normal. Unfortunately, we came to regret not learning more about myeloma,” she said.
“Fast forward to October 2016 and David was seeing an acupuncturist and osteopath for back pain. He assumed it had resulted from helping to build a shed - but the treatment wasn’t working.
“We were extremely busy planning our daughter’s wedding so David put off any further investigation.”
When the day of the wedding arrived David was in extreme pain.
“I insisted he see his GP the following Monday and get further tests.”
X-rays showed the source of the pain: several vertebrae had fractured indicating his blood cancer had become active.
David faced several rounds of gruelling chemotherapy and now a stem cell tranplant looms just days after Light the Night.
“Everyone keeps saying how well he looks, although he is a few centimetres shorter!" Bette explained.
The Wilsons are travelling to Brisbane in September to begin David’s stem cell collection.
“We’re hoping Light the Night will put a spotlight on blood cancers and raise lots of money for the Leukaemia Foundation."
Wilson's Warriors are hoping to raise $400 before they walk at Light the Night.
Join a Light the Night event near you today and be the light for those families facing blood cancer.
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