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The warm sweet scent of Tom Ford is a combination of tobacco blossom, vanilla and fruity aroma that serves like
opium to your senses. Designed for a unique gentleman that would stand out even on a masquerade ball.
A masquerade ball was about to happen in the palace of San Vitalis to arrange a dance for the bachelors and
bachelorette of the city. There were hundreds of young men and women expected to arrive at the party dancing
and toasting with people that they don’t know. A woman appeared in a stunning black dress wearing a fury mask
with a matching red lipstick which made her very dazzling even with most of her face covered. Everyone was
looking at her as they could tell that she is gorgeous. But her eyes were sealed with this man who was wearing a
tuxedo, flawlessly fitted to his body highlighting his masculine features who was standing just across him. She was
intrigued by how the man smiled at her and she couldn’t just resist his lips. When she tried to approach him, he was
gone. She kept on wondering who this man is and so he kept looking for him even outside the palace. She wanted
to be with him that night and know more about him. When she was at the patio, she received a note from the
butler saying it was for her. “I will come back for you” –Tom Ford
Ribbon Color: Orange: Leukemia
In January of 1997, at the age of 27, I had just returned from a skiing holiday and I started to feel unwell with cold-
like symptoms. As I was training for the London Marathon, I decided to see my GP. The GP commented on how thin
and pale I was and sent me for a blood test. On Saturday 25 th January, I went for that blood test as a bruise had
appeared that I could not explain. Within two hours, I got a call from an on-call GP asking me to go back to the
hospital for further tests. On arrival, a doctor kept telling me there was something wrong with my blood and more
tests were needed.
I then said, “Please just tell me what you think it is,” and then the doctor said, “We think you have leukaemia.” My
life changed from that very moment. A consultant came early evening to speak to me and my parents and
confirmed my worst nightmare. Early Sunday morning an ambulance took me to St. Barts as my disease had gone
too far to be treated locally. More tests were done, and a team of doctors came and said that I did have acute
myeloid leukaemia (AML) over 90% in my body. My treatment would be very aggressive and if all went well in April,
we could talk about a full stem cell transplant.
I stayed in Barts as an in-patient only being allowed to go home for a day at a time. My chemo was very aggressive,
and I was very weak most of the time.
In April, if my world could be shattered again, it did. The doctor told me my own bone marrow was going to be used
in the transplant so the treatment would be even stronger, which meant that I would not be able to have children.
At the age of 28, to me it was the worst news ever. It took me three weeks to sign the consent form as I had no
On 12 th May the transplant started, and it took two days to harvest my bone marrow. Once that was done, chemo
and radiotherapy started. I could not have visitors other than my parents for a month.
Finally, on the 26 th June, I left Barts well and in remission, returning as an outpatient first weekly, then monthly. I
still see a consultant yearly to this day. I am now 50 and have been married to Peter for 16 wonderful years. My
health is okay with some issues, but I’m alive.
I have been a Leukaemia Care volunteer for 15 years and the lovely Anne Ashley was the first person I spoke to help
me. – Julie Lewin
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