How it feels when your adult child is fighting Acute Leukaemia

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

How cancer can change your mindset in a positive way

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In the past the concept of mindset was not something I had given much thought to and it was not something I particularly believed in either.  However, over the past couple of years my beliefs have changed considerably and it wasn't until recently that I started to understand that this process is known by some… Continue reading How cancer can change your mindset in a positive way

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. 

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 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

Remission – Running Forever!

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While I was in hospital going through the extremely brutal Leukaemia treatment I spent a lot of time fantasising about how great my life would be once my body went into remission!  Well surprisingly I am still waiting for that rush of euphoria I dreamed of!  Maybe a few years down the line, five years,… Continue reading Remission – Running Forever!

What does a Macmillan Nurse do for Leukaemia patients? The Clinical Nurse Specialist

What does a Macmillan Nurse do for Leukaemia patients? The Clinical Nurse Specialist

The Macmillan Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) is an extremely valuable member of a Leukaemia patients medical team.  They work closely with a patients consultant and are present throughout the whole process even during post treatment clinics for several years.  These nurses are highly qualified in Haematological cancers and have many years experience at a high… Continue reading What does a Macmillan Nurse do for Leukaemia patients? The Clinical Nurse Specialist