Why is blood cancer awareness so important?

(written during #bloodcancerawarenessmonth 2020) Why is raising awareness of blood cancer symptoms so important that we need a whole month to talk about it?  For one very good reason... My lack of awareness nearly cost me my life... my blood cancer needed immediate treatment, it was critical for my survival. That's why raising awareness is… Continue reading Why is blood cancer awareness so important?

How can Acute Myeloid Leukaemia affect you physically and mentally?

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 can Acute Myeloid Leukaemia affect you physically and mentally?

Sharing my Leukaemia experience; Haematology Nurses & Healthcare Professionals Conference

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Recently I was the keynote speaker at the 2020 Haematology Nurses & Healthcare Professionals Educational Conference in Zurich.   Here is a snapshot of what I spoke about. I am always happy to share my experience at these conferences because not a day goes by when I am not grateful to the excellent team who looked… Continue reading Sharing my Leukaemia experience; Haematology Nurses & Healthcare Professionals Conference

What being able to travel means after a cancer diagnosis

For those of you who are new to my blog here is a little background; I was diagnosed with Leukaemia in 2015 which is currently in remission and I spent 6 months in hospital undergoing high dose, intense chemotherapy.  So as you can imagine surviving is something I am grateful for every single day. I… Continue reading What being able to travel means after a cancer diagnosis

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?

Why run for charity? – Four people share their reasons

If you are struggling to decide whether or not to take on the challenge of a long distance running event keep reading because in this post four people share their thoughts on why supporting a charity is the best way to do it.

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

At the Blood Cancer UK (at that time the charity was known as Bloodwise) Impact Day in September 2018 Dr Farhat Khanim was one of the research scientists who'd agreed to share their current work with the attendees.   She's a Blood Cancer UK funded scientist who is wonderfully passionate about her work and fully believes… Continue reading Research at Blood Cancer UK – How existing drugs could potentially be used to fight blood cancer

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

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Note; This post was written in July 2018 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… Continue reading The NHS saved my life – I want my story to highlight its successes

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.