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Julie’s story: living well with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL)

It was a shock when Julie was diagnosed with CLL 17 years ago. She didn’t need treatment at the time and was on ‘wait and see’ for 11 years until she needed her first round of chemo and two years after that, a follow up round.

Just three years ago Julie developed a mass that needed a very strong round of chemo – that helped for a while until she was facing the prospect of a bone marrow transplant. Instead she went with an oral therapy that was on offer and has so far avoided a transplant.

Julie enjoy holidays, walking and her pooch! With her bloods holding their own, she is also able to do volunteer work for the Leukaemia Foundation. Family, friends and staying positive is what helps her get through. In Julie’s words “Think positive, don’t give up, life is too precious!”

The Leukaemia Foundation is there to support people, like Julie, with blood cancer and help them navigate that journey.

Remember, discussing treatment options for CLL with your haematologist is important to ensure you are on a treatment plan that works best for you. If you’re starting a new treatment plan it’s important to find a way that works for you to build a habit and stay compliant with treatment protocols – a diary, checklist, time of day – all help to keep you on track.

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