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A combination of the refreshing marine scent mixed with floral scents, luscious melon and a pinch of wood. An
elegant yet simple touch to men bringing the greenness and peace from Japanese mountains and lakes to you.
Issey was from a small remote town in Japan wanted to create something that their town would be known for in all
of Japan. He wanted to create something that anyone could wear in any season of the year and will still remind
them of the blossoming of flowers and the fresh waters of the lake near the mountains. He gathered all the most
unique delicate ingredients that have to be found only in the middle of the forest along the mountains and from the
deepest parts of the lake surrounding them. However, he couldn’t get the scent that he was looking for even after
how many attempts and how many alterations with his formula. He stopped for a few months and just found
himself wondering while sitting on a bench he maid on top of the mountain. He then realized that all he was looking
for was right in front of him. So he then decided to use the most common flowers found in their town as well as
fruits that are well produced and finally, he was able to create an extraordinary masterpiece. A scent that would
take someone back to springtime at Issey Miyake’s town.
Ribbon Color: Violet: Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
A few months before my wedding in 2005, I saw my GP because I’d been feeling tired and had lost weight, but I was
mostly worried about a lump in my neck. The doctor didn’t have time to check it out properly and wasn’t too
worried, so I didn’t think anything else of it.
Six months after my wedding, I noticed that the lump in my neck seemed to be getting bigger. My new GP referred
me for an ultrasound and blood tests.
I then saw a specialist, who did a core biopsy on the spot. A few days later he called me and said, “Well, I think it’s
Hodgkin lymphoma.” We’d discussed that possibility, so it wasn’t a huge shock to me.
After an excision biopsy that confirmed the diagnosis, I had chemotherapy one day a fortnight for six months. The
main side effect was nausea, but medication helped. I had at least a week between treatments where I felt fine. I
even managed to finish all my uni assignments.
When my treatment ended, scans showed I was in remission, but I relapsed a year later.
I’ve relapsed a few times and had chemotherapy, radiation therapy and a stem cell transplant using my own stem
cells. I then had a bone marrow transplant with my brother as the donor and went into remission. I’ve now been in
remission for eight years.
Once I went into remission, I had a PET scan every year for five years. Now I visit my haematologist every year for
blood tests and a general check-up.
It’s taken me a number of years to get my stamina back to where I can work more hours and feel like I’m not
constantly lacking energy. That’s something I’ll have to deal with for a while, but at least I’m healthy now. – Kim
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