Will be in Halifax until mid-January
Rod Wilson’s cancer fight will come to a conclusion in a Halifax hospital on Thursday.
Rod Wilson will undergo his stem cell transplant in Halifax on Thursday.
HALIFAX – Rod Wilson’s cancer fight will come to a conclusion in a Halifax hospital on Thursday.
The 41-year-old Amherst resident will undergo a stem cell transplant, ending an ordeal that began during the summer when he learned his non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma had returned.
“It has definitely been a long road and I’m praying for a successful operation,” Wilson said. “
In preparation for the procedure, Wilson arrived in Halifax last week and underwent blood work, checkups and chemotherapy while he has also begun taking anti-rejection drugs.
Wilson knows this transplant won’t be as easy as the last one and there’s a greater risk of rejection since the last time his own bone marrow was injected. He also knows that there’s a one-in-three chance the transplant won’t work.
“Having gone through this before I sort of know what to expect, but the downside of this is there’s a higher risk. The first time it was my own cells so there was no possibility of the body rejecting it,” he said. “This time it’s much more complicated and the fact I’ve had the procedure before makes it even more complicated.”
Wilson said he’s maintaining a positive attitude about Thursday, adding if the operation is successful there’s a 70 per cent chance the cancer will be gone.
The manager of Amherst’s Doolys lounge will be in Halifax until mid-January at the earliest and will celebrate Christmas with family in the city.
“There’ll be no Christmas in Amherst for me. I have to go to the hospital for checkups every day,” he said. “Some of my family is going to pack up and bring Christmas to me in Halifax.”
Wilson began a public awareness campaign over the summer when he discovered his cancer had returned after being in remission for 18 months. Turning to social media, Wilson urged people to consider being a stem cell donor and while he hoped the campaign would find his match, he also wanted to increase the number of people on the registry.
Officials from One Match Canada came to Amherst in September to collect samples from more than 300 people while many more people registered for swabs online.