Went to the GP to get my flu jab earlier which I'm hoping will keep me protected over the winter. I've also been put back on doxycycline to give me a base level protection now that the sun is on the wane. Not overly pleased by this as I hate the hot flushes and burning feeling I get when I take the tablets but if it keeps the infections away then I guess it's all worth it...
Looking back, bar the pneumothorax in January I've had a pretty good run without developing any infections so far this year which is unusual as I typically tend to get 3 or 4 minimum in a year. Given that I'm on prednisolone to suppress my immune system and prevent it running riot this must be luck rather than judgement as I don't think I'm doing anything different to previous years. Hopefully the run of good luck will continue to hold but I definitely think relaxing and not allowing myself to get so stressed by things is certainly helping.
On Monday I also got confirmation that I remain 100% cancer free which is fantastic news. It's now been 14.5 years since my bone marrow transplant and while my treatment team believe the treatment may have played some part in the development of my lung condition, I'm so thankful for the advances in research which made the treatment possible.
One day I'm hoping similar advances will mean that someone like me will be writing about how well they're doing post lung disease. It's a dream I guess that we all share and I will not stop doing my bit to help raise awareness and funds for the BLF until that's the case.
Wishing everyone all the very best as we head in to the final sprint of 2018 - here's to the flu jab giving us all a fighting chance!