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Living well stories

Hear from others who have adjusted to life with and after blood cancer

Erica living with blood cancer exercising

Fatigue won't stop me enjoying life

Erica, 69, has been on watch and wait (a way of monitoring blood cancer) since 2003

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My strategies for dealing with fatigue

Gerard, 72, was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL) in 2017

Carina, 45, who was diagnosed with hairy cell leukaemia in June 2017.

Three things I've changed to manage fatigue

Carina, 45, was diagnosed with hairy cell leukaemia in June 2017

Emma, 32, was diagnosed with a myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), in 2011. She has had four rounds of treatment, including two stem cell transplants and chemotherapy, but is currently in remission.

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

Donna, 52, first had treatment for follicular lymphoma in 2009. She relapsed in 2018 and had treatment again. She’s now on a two-year maintenance treatment plan.

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

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How I've adjusted to life with leukaemia

Paul, 51, was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML) in 2013

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Finding my new normal

Mike, 75, was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL) five years ago

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Overcoming my feelings of isolation

Lynn, 55, was first diagnosed with classical Hodgkin lymphoma in 1999 and has had lymphoma five times since then

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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

Carina who was diagnosed with hairy cell leukaemia in June 2017

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

Bianca at a public function with her partner

Asking for help to work through chemo

Bianca, 35, was diagnosed in 2016 with Hodgkin lymphoma and had six months of chemotherapy

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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

Lawrence, 62, was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma in 2005, and relapsed in 2007 and 2011.

Keeping my business running during treatment

Lawrence, 62, was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma in 2005, and relapsed in 2007 and 2011

Joanna who originally diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML) in August 2010 when she was 41.

The right time to change my working life

Joanna was originally diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML) in August 2010 when she was 41.

Edward, 58, is a retired solider. He was diagnosed with myeloma in 2016, and had a stem cell transplant in 2017.

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.

Katie, 35, was diagnosed with diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML) in 2007 when she was just 22.

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

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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

Sarah, 47, was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL) in 2011

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

Emma, 39, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in 2015

Eating habits that boost my energy

Emma, 39, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in 2015

Anna, 44, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) in 2015. Her treatment included high-dose chemotherapy over a six-month period in hospital.

How leukaemia changed my attitude to eating

Anna, 44, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) in 2015

Hear from others who have adjusted to life with and after blood cancer