Gladstone man wants home after bone marrow transplant
THE BEST birthday present 20-year-old Brent Holland could hope for is to be able to come back home to Gladstone.
Recently undergoing a bone marrow transplant after being diagnosed with leukaemia in February, Brent has to stay in Brisbane for constant check ups.
If all goes well, Brent will be back home in September.
"After I had my transplant, I was in hospital feeling pretty crook for three weeks," he said.
"But now I'm out of hospital staying in this unit they have put us in, and I go to the hospital pretty regularly for check-ups."
Brent's brother Scott was the donor for the bone marrow transplant, so the regular check-ups are to ensure Brent's body doesn't reject it.
"A lot of my friends live in Brisbane anyway, and my girlfriend Jodie is up here quite a bit so it's not really that bad," he said.
"But I miss sleeping in my own bed, I miss working, going to gym, my friends in Gladstone, and my dog, Skid."
Brent's favourite place to go while in Brisbane is the Yard Bird Ale House, a restaurant popularly known for its chicken wings.
"It's not like I'm stuck in the unit all day, I still go out and have a good time," he said.
"I just have to be careful to stay away from large crowds and avoid getting sick.
"I can't really eat food from a hot box either, that sucks because it means no servo food." Despite this, Brent said he's feeling better than he has in a long time.
"I keep looking forward to life just getting back to normal, in hospital I was always tired and spent so much time doing nothing," he said.
"But now, I feel good. I feel healthy."