In 2015 I got diagnosed with Aplastic Anaemia. It was a bit scary, I got told I might have to have a bone marrow transplant and got told I could die from having that treatment. Both my sisters got tested and my oldest sister was a match (which is quite rare) so that was lucky. In the end a specialist suggested ATG treatment. A treatment where you are on a drip for 10 hours a day, for a week in hospital. In simple terms...ATG zaps your immune system in the hope that it will reboot itself. I then had to stay on medicine for about 2 years and get my bloods tested regularly (not great for me because I’m a mega wimp with needles 🤣). I was also told that I wouldn’t be able to try for a family until some time after stopping the treatment, as getting pregnant can make you worse again... BUT I now have two beautiful girls age 2 and almost 1! We didn’t wait around 💗. I was so lucky to catch the disease early and have a very successful treatment. I am raising money for the AAT to help raise awareness of this super rare disease.

Natasha Townsend