Beating the Odds – an interview with Seamwork Radio

Wow, what a great surprise! I’d almost forgotten about the conversation I had with Sarai for Seamwork Radio back in January but my story was released today and you can have a listen to it now!

In 2008, sewing blogger Melissa Fehr revealed something on her blog: she’d been diagnosed with a rare blood disorder. Soon, she’d need a complete bone marrow transplant. In this episode, Melissa shares how her relationship with her body changed before and after this life-changing experience – and how this relationship eventually led her to designing her own patterns.

I mention a lot in the interview, but one of the main things I’d like people to take away from it is that donating bone marrow really isn’t the painful process it used to be, and that everyone should join, and encourage friends and family to join, too.

In the UK you can sign up with:

  • Anthony Nolan – if you’re aged 16-30
  • DKMS (formerly Delete Blood Cancer) – aged 18-55
  • NHS Bone Marrow Registry – aged 17-40, male, blood donor; or 17-40, female, from Black, Asian, minority ethnicities and mixed ethnicity backgrounds

In the USA you can sign up with Be the Match, and in Australia with the Australia Bone Marrow Donor Registry. Nearly every country on earth has their own national registry these days, and I can’t list them all, but please do seek out your country’s, as they all link together and you can help someone in another country if you’re their match!


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    Ooh I always look forward to the new Seamwork episode and am super excited to see that you’re the guest! Can’t wait to listen to it 🙂

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    Having listed to your story today I was inspired to check out your active wear. I’m an experienced runner (formerly in a London club so your running tales were very familiar) but inexperienced sewist. Now I definitely have run gear on my ‘must make soon’ list! Wishing you good health and happy running.

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    Just listened to your wonderful interview. It was really inspiring, particularly the part about appreciating your body for it’s function over form. Will look into the donor thing to see if I’ll be accepted.

    The strange thing is that even though I’ve been reading your blog since the shower curtain dress, I’ve only just heard your voice.

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