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Navigating a rare blood disease as a mother of five: Fiona’s story

In May 2020, Fiona was diagnosed with Myelodysplastic Syndrome.

Also known as MDS, it is a type of blood cancer that affects the production of normal blood cells in the bone marrow.

Fiona shares what it was like to be diagnosed with a rare blood disease as a mother of five, wife and nurse, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Last updated on May 17th, 2024

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