Living well with blood cancer stories
Hear from others who've adjusted to life after a blood cancer diagnosis
Telling family and friends you have blood cancer
Simone was diagnosed with myeloma after a scan showed damage to her bones. She describes how different people reacted to the news, and gives her tips on telling other people.
Accessing information when you’re first diagnosed
Vij is living with polycythaemia vera (PV), a chronic blood cancer. He talks about the value of reading up on your condition.
How to talk to your medical team
Quentin reflects on the importance of good communication with your medical team when you’re diagnosed with blood cancer.
When blood cancer needs urgent treatment
When Jacqueline was diagnosed with a fast-growing type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, she had little time to process what was happening.
Business as usual: working with CLL
Mel was diagnosed with CLL in 2013. He talks about how he’s carried on working throughout watch and wait, treatment on a clinical trial and the coronavirus pandemic.
Turning leukaemia on its head
Despite the harsh side effects of Yvonne's treatment for leukaemia, she was determined to keep as active as she could. By adapting her approach to fitness, Yvonne was able to come back even stronger.
My blood cancer journey to empowerment
Megan, 27, was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma. Now in remission, she reflect on her blood cancer journey and what she did to take back control and find empowerment.
Giving my second chance at life its best shot
After finally making it to the end of her blood cancer treatment, Joanna entered an anxiety-ridden world. She explains how she's overcoming some of these struggles, so that she can give her second chance at life its best shot.
How I’ve coped with changes to my body
Jacqueline, 45 was diagnosed with diffuse large b-cell lymphoma in 2017. She had chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment and is now in remission.
Fatigue won't stop me enjoying life
Erica, 69, has been on watch and wait (a way of monitoring blood cancer) since 2003
My strategies for dealing with fatigue
Gerard, 72, was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL) in 2017
Your story can help others
People newly diagnosed with blood cancer need to know they are not alone, and that other people are living and enjoying their life.
Three things I've changed to manage fatigue
Carina, 45, was diagnosed with hairy cell leukaemia in June 2017
How I cope with mental fatigue
Emma, 32, was diagnosed with a myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) and has had four rounds of treatment, including two stem cell transplants and chemotherapy
My lightbulb mument with anxiety
Donna, 52, first had treatment for follicular lymphoma in 2009 and is now on a two-year maintenance treatment plan
How I've adjusted to life with leukaemia
Paul, 51, was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML) in 2013
Finding my new normal
Mike, 75, was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL) five years ago
Overcoming my feelings of isolation
Lynn, 55, was first diagnosed with classical Hodgkin lymphoma in 1999 and has had lymphoma five times since then
How I found the financial support I needed
Louise, 63, was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma and has been in remission since undergoing a stem cell transplant
Reducing my stress by rethinking work
Carina, 45, was diagnosed with hairy cell leukaemia in June 2017; following chemotherapy, she’s been in remission since November 2017
Asking for help to work through chemo
Bianca, 35, was diagnosed in 2016 with Hodgkin lymphoma and had six months of chemotherapy
I was the boss with blood cancer
Louise, 41, was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma in 2012 and is now in remission and back working in the family business
Keeping my business running during treatment
Lawrence, 62, was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma in 2005, and relapsed in 2007 and 2011
The right time to change my working life
Joanna was originally diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML) in August 2010 when she was 41.
How I built up my fitness after treatment for myeloma
Retired soldier Edward was diagnosed with myeloma in 2016, and had a stem cell transplant in 2017.
Doing my best to stay active with leukaemia
Katie, 35, was diagnosed with diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML) in 2007 when she was just 22
Running helps me show blood cancer who’s boss
Rob, 30, was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML) in 2011, after noticing a suspicious-looking bruise
Cycling kept me on track during watch and wait
Sarah, 47, was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL) in 2011 and put on watch and wait
Eating habits that boost my energy
Emma, 39, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in 2015
How leukaemia changed my attitude to eating
Anna, 44, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) in 2015
Coming to terms with my watch and wait diagnosis
In 2003, Erica went to see her gynaecologist following a routine operation, and was told that she had chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL)
Coping with my emotions while I 'watch and wait'
Kate was diagnosed with a form of low-grade non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2010, and has been on watch and wait ever since.
Supporting each other while we watch and wait
Just a year after getting the all clear from non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL), Trevor was told he had chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL).
Looking after myself, as well as my husband
Sylvia’s husband, Tony, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) when he was 63.
Supporting my friend with leukaemia
Samantha, 31, is supporting her friend Natalie, who was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia in 2016. Following chemotherapy and stem cell transplants, Natalie is now receiving palliative care.
Spending precious time with my husband
Jude, 44, has been supporting her husband who is living with non-Hodgkin lymphoma
Adjusting to life with mum on watch and wait
Dan is 16. His mum Kate was diagnosed with a form of low-grade non-Hodgkin lymphoma (low-grade NHL) in September 2010, and has been on watch and wait ever since.