Former Tredegar Band solo trombone player Stephen Sykes has just undergone stem cell treatment at Bristol Royal Infirmary Hospital in the latest step of his recovery in his fight against lymphoma.
Stephen was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma in February 2016 and has undergone numerous treats since, including an infusion of lymphocytes which took over five hours to harvest from his mum Joanne in a treatment earlier this month.
He is now recovering following further spells of chemotherapy at the haematology department of the hospital and has enjoyed regular visits - although as he told Tredegar Vice-President Iwan Fox, they all look the same when first entering his room in masks, gloves and apron!
Iwan popped in alongside Stephen's brother Carlton, after he Stephen had said he needed someone to talk complete nonsense about banding to him to ensure he hadn’t missed out on any gossip or news. He couldn’t think of anyone better qualified!
Iwan popped in after Stephen had said he needed someone to talk complete nonsense about banding to him to ensure he hadn’t missed out on any gossip or news. He couldn’t think of anyone better qualified!
Pop in and visit
So if you are anywhere near Bristol over the next few days, please get in touch with Joanne Sykes via https://www.facebook.com/joanne.sykes1970?ref=br_rs and arrange a visit to the hospital.
The parking is terrible but the welcome smile from a great bloke and fantastic player (he’s aiming to be back playing again as soon as he can) makes it all worthwhile.