I feel good in myself. I'm fighting fit and am still training. I've been doing running, weights and bike work as I keep myself ticking over
Since my diagnosis with chronic myeloid leukaemia last week I have been inundated with messages of support from all over the country.
I have had some great news after seeing my consultant earlier this week. I will not need a bone marrow transplant as I have the right genetic make-up to use a drug called Glivek. It is a form of chemotherapy, but a milder dose.
I will be on the drug forever provided my body takes to it. I start taking the pills on Saturday and if it works it will hopefully take my blood cell count back to normal and put me into remission.
I feel good in myself. I'm fighting fit and am still training. I've been doing running, weights and bike work as I keep myself ticking over. I can't do any contact work as I could end up doing myself serious damage. The leukaemia inflates the size of my spleen and were I to get a knock on it I could have serious problems.
The consultant is so impressed by the amount of work I'm doing now that he says I'll be like a superhero when I finally recover from it.
The fact that I can use tablets and do not need a bone marrow transplant means I could be back playing football within three or four months.
My consultant says that once my spleen drops back to normal size there's no reason why I can't start playing, especially in the physical form I am in. We'll have a good look in three months time and see how well I have progressed.
Last week Geoff Thomas gave me a call. For those of you that do not know, Geoff is a former England international who was diagnosed with the same illness as me shortly after he retired from the game.
I've got three brothers and there is a one in four chance that their bone marrow will match mine. They are going to be tested in case I ever need a transplant.
We had a good chat and when I explained to him what I was feeling he told me he'd been through exactly the same.
It was a really good lift and he was very encouraging. His work with his foundation to help raise awareness and research into leukaemia has inspired me.
I will definitely be doing work with leukaemia charities in the future. It wasn't a path which I had ever considered before being diagnosed, but now I have this condition I'm starting to think that maybe it was meant to be.
With all the publicity that my illness has attracted I think it's only right that I can give something back to the people that have helped me.
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