My Huffington Post Blogs

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So recently I have been invited to become a regular contributor to the Huffington Post blogging community which I am honoured to have accepted. Here are the links to my blogs approved and shared by them; Being in remission isn't all it's cracked up to be Telling your child about your Leukaemia Diagnosis What the… Continue reading My Huffington Post Blogs

The NHS saved my life – I want my story to highlight its successes

NHS Leukaemia survivor story

So 70 years ago the NHS was born, 70 years is a massive achievement and it has saved the lives of thousands of people since its birth, that is something no one can deny and doesn’t seem to get the same publicity as the negatives.  The NHS provides many things that most people take for… Continue reading The NHS saved my life – I want my story to highlight its successes

Remission isn’t all its cracked up to be – how it feels

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I've written an article for The Huffington Post UK about how it feels to be in remission from Leukaemia   Click here to read ~ ~ ~ Remission isn't all its cracked up to be  

What being diagnosed with Leukaemia feels like – three years on

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When I was in that hospital room with what I thought was some sort of infection and the consultant came in with tears in her eyes to tell me I actually had a very aggressive form of Leukaemia and that they would need to treat it aggressively, starting that very same day. 

Cancer and friendships – how it can change them

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Cancer has a profound effect on your life in many ways, the ripple effect seems to go on and on and on.   Before you become part of this world you have no idea it will change you and how you see your life going forward. There's no denying that the emotions attached to a cancer… Continue reading Cancer and friendships – how it can change them

What it feels like to have chemotherapy

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A while ago I was asked by Healthy Magazine to share my experience with chemotherapy and I was happy to do so.  I've always been open and honest about my Leukaemia journey and through this I have been contacted many times by others who, after reading my story, have felt touched or comforted.  I am… Continue reading What it feels like to have chemotherapy

My Hair – Growing back to being me again

After over two and a half years, as far as my hair is concerned, I am finally starting to look like 'Anna' again.  It's been so long and I never thought I'd feel like this again but here I am. Before I start I just want to point out that this is my personal story,… Continue reading My Hair – Growing back to being me again

The History of Leukaemia

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During my recovery from AML have have been doing lots of research into Leukaemia so decided to write this post.  I've always loved researching and finding out the history behind something, although it is not something nice I still found it extremely interesting!  So for those of you who's also like to know please carry… Continue reading The History of Leukaemia

A Fusion of a Fighter and Survivor

Am I survivor or a fighter... or am I both? So this is something I have given a lot of thought to and since writing this post I've realised that, after everything I've been through, I am a 'Fusion of a Fighter and Survivor'. In the cancer community some class themselves as survivors and some… Continue reading A Fusion of a Fighter and Survivor

The Reality of Chemo Hair loss – ‘It Just Isn’t Me’

I've been prompted to write this post after being asked to talk on BBC Radio Lincolnshire's Melvyn Prior show about cancer and hair loss.  I also tuned into the Jeremy Vine show on BBC Radio Two as they too were discussing it.When Victoria Derbyshire took her wig off in her video diary my mind flashed… Continue reading The Reality of Chemo Hair loss – ‘It Just Isn’t Me’