How does Acute Myeloid Leukaemia affect you? On World AML Awareness Day this is how it feels

Not only is the 21st of April World AML Awareness Day but it’s also the day that I was given my life changing diagnosis.  Four years have now passed since that day, the day the life I'd been living ended and another began.  I've lived three lives, the first before diagnosis, the second during my… Continue reading How does Acute Myeloid Leukaemia affect you? On World AML Awareness Day this is how it feels

Blood Cancer Research at Bloodwise – How existing drugs could potentially be used to fight blood cancer

At the Bloodwise Impact Day in September 2018 Dr Farhat Khanim was one of the research scientists who had agreed to share their current work with the attendees.   She is a Bloodwise funded scientist who is wonderfully passionate about her work and fully believes in the research they are doing. I decided to write this… Continue reading Blood Cancer Research at Bloodwise – How existing drugs could potentially be used to fight blood cancer

How it feels when your adult child is fighting Acute Leukaemia

when your adult child is diagnosed with leukaemia blood cancer

How does a mother react when she gets the news that her daughter has been diagnosed with Leukaemia?

What happens when you are diagnosed with Acute Leukaemia? (AML)

I've put this together from the patient's and family's perspective because we have been through it and because when it happened to us this type of post would have been extremely helpful.  What happens when you are diagnosed with acute Myeloid Leukaemia or indeed any acute leukaemia?  What does it mean? What happens next?

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

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

Statistics ~ How relevant are they?

Recently, as I am part of the Macmillan online community due to having Leukaemia, the debate about statistics came up.  It prompted me to consider statistical significance and the various statistics definitions out there to explore how I feel about them after they have became more than just numbers to me now. They are an… Continue reading Statistics ~ How relevant are they?

The Truth… To Tell or Not To Tell?

Am I really doing the right thing by lying to my child about the reality of life? This question often comes into my mind, are we really doing the right thing by protecting our children from the realities of life?  Probably because of what my family has been through due to my Leukaemia battle it's… Continue reading The Truth… To Tell or Not To Tell?