How a random blood test led to a high-risk MDS diagnosis

My MDS story began just under two years ago. I was a normally healthy 71 year-old (or so I thought): I had no symptoms and I was still jogging a couple of times a week. I just happened to have a random blood test which showed that I had a low white blood cell count.

My doctor son saw the results and strongly advised me to consult a haematologist. That led in turn to bone marrow tests, which showed that I had high-risk MDS (MDS-EB2).

After a stem cell transplant in May 2021: "I’ve been very fortunate"

Stephen Andrews

The pandemic delayed some of my treatment, but eventually, after five cycles of Azacitidine (plus Venetoclax), I had a bone marrow transplant (from an unrelated donor) at King’s in May 2021.
Since being discharged nearly three months ago, I’ve had a couple of weeks back in hospital with infections, but generally I’ve been very fortunate, avoiding the worst of graft versus host disease (GvHD).
My post-transplant blood and bone marrow test results have been positive and, all being well, I am looking forward to getting my new set of Covid jabs within the next few weeks.


Stephen and his son Tom have been amazing participants in last year's 20for20 campaign, raising an incredible £13,848.00, thanks to their wonderful and generous donors.

Take a look at their pages and the lovely messages of support Stephen received!

Thank you again Andrews family, friends, colleagues, supporters!


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