I thought it best to start at the beginning, with the story I wrote for my JustGiving sponsorship page. Of course this is all about sponsorship, so if you feel inclined, I'd be delighted if you visited my page.
"So, who's heard of myeloma? I certainly hadn't until one day in July 2017 when I was told that this slightly uncommon form of blood cancer was the cause of my broken arm. Let's get straight to the point, there is no cure. Yes, it's controllable, but nonetheless once you have it...
Eighteen months, two operations on my arm, lots of medication and a stem cell transplant later I'm now in remission. How long for, nobody knows (hopefully many years), and things are good at the moment. A big part of that eighteen months has been rehabilitation, partly for my arm and partly to get my strength back after the stem cell transplant. Trust me, you don't know what it's like to have no energy until you've had a stem cell transplant!
I've now reached a bit of a plateau. My fitness is pretty much back to where it was, maybe even a bit better, so the motivation to keep exercising has waned somewhat. I also want to give something back to Myeloma UK who are the only UK charity dedicated to research into this disease and were a source of valuable support and information for me.
A London to Paris cycle ride is well known as an excellent endurance event and the way Myeloma UK organise it is, by all accounts, second to none. It's a long way, roughly 500 km (over 300 miles) in four days which is so far beyond what I have ever done before as to be rather daunting. But that's what an endurance challenge should be, shouldn't it? So with enough training and "the best of sports science to help along the way" (according to my lad, James, who'd do this sort of ride in his sleep) I'm sure I can be ready.
And that's my story. Thanks for reading this far and if you're able to support this great charity I'll be so grateful. They've done a lot for me so the least I can do is encourage others to help them to "make myeloma history".
Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving - they'll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they'll send your money directly to Myeloma UK. So it's the most efficient way to donate - saving time and cutting costs for the charity."