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Chronic Myeloid Leukemia Survivor Shares Her Tough Battle

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Leanne - Chronic Myeloid Leukemia Survivor
“Cancer is only a chapter in my life, not my whole story.”

Leanne was diagnosed with blood cancer on 13th April 2018. She was diagnosed with Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia. She is successfully fighting her disease since then. You can also check out her blog where she has documented her journey.

The Diagnosis

“I was diagnosed with blood cancer on 13th April 2018 chronic myeloid Leukaemia! It’s a rare form of Leukaemia. Mainly in 65+ people, and In men, which came as a shock as I’m only 23 and a woman!

I was diagnosed after an accident! For 2 weeks I thought I had pulled a muscle in my leg, Then one night I couldn’t sleep, I couldn’t even lie down as the pain was too much and my leg felt heavy and so sore. We rang 111 as my partner wanted me to go to the hospital and they made me an appointment for 2 hours later and told to call if anything else changes. As I waited I then projectile vomited and had blood in it so my partner drove me to the hospital. They wanted to take blood and my white blood cells came back too high they were 24, should be average 11.

Then they put me on the award, then a consultant came and told us, this can be serious and that I need an emergency bone marrow biopsy, and it was getting done in 15 minutes! It was the most painful thing I’ve felt, 4 times they got in my bone but couldn’t get the marrow!

Friday came and I felt so much better ! I thought it was gonna be a great day. We got to the hospital and they took blood, easily as well! – then I went in with the consultant he asked how my hip was from a bone marrow biopsy, I said I’m fine all is good

Then he broke it to me “I’m sorry you have Leukaemia love” and told me it’s a “blood cancer” and it’s unusable! I was so heartbroken I just cried and cried, those 3 lines are all I heard and nothing else!

I started treatment that night, chemo tablets, one a day every day for the rest of my life.”

The Journey

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“My journey has been hard, so hard! I had an unexpected hospital stay where I was an hour away from Neutropenic Sepsis! I had parainfluenza which is a common cold, whereas normal people can fight it off, but someone on chemo with a low immune system, unfortunately, can’t and that’s why Sepsis was happening! I was supposed to go on a cancer retreat but unfortunately, I was in the hospital.

Knowing this can now be a common thing was scary!

I write a blog 4 entry’s so far on how I’ve copped and side effects etc. and it’s helped me mentally, I have a counselor and such support around me!

My aim is to have remission, so I’ll still have cancer but it’ll be under control, and to help young people with cancer or anyone in fact just so they know they’re not alone!

Some days I’m strong other days weak but I always put on a brave face and don’t let it get the best of me!

Side effects do make it hard, sickness, rashes, joint and muscle pains, bleeding gums.”

Motivation to fight cancer

“My motivation to fight my cancer is my life, my family. My future and the adventures I can have! – to see nieces and nephews and eventually my own children grow up!”

Biggest hindrance

“Biggest hurdles is fighting infections, keeping positive, staying strong when I’m so weak, and side effects from tablets.”

Message to other fighters

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“My message would be, I know it’s hard and I know you feel like giving up, as giving up means you have control over the cancer but you gotta keep the fight , it’s your fight, only you can do this, and you are strong enough to do this, you are stronger than you ever imagined and fight this, even if you can’t win, you know you’re a warrior, even incurable you keep fighting , you live your life and be proud of who you are !”

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