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Leigh’s story: living well with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia

A simple mosquito bite and unexplained swelling led to a trip to the GP for Leigh. The unexpected news that followed in mid-2013 saw Leigh diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL) at the age of 25.

Four rounds of chemo later, Leigh was back to normal and had two years without any treatment. Then, amazing news, she was pregnant with her first child after previously and unsuccessfully going through IVF. But only a few weeks later, she found out the cancer was returning. It was a difficult time as she was treated with blood transfusions until her beautiful, healthy daughter was born at 34 weeks. Just five days after the birth she started an oral treatment for CLL and is now feeling well and enjoying life with her family.

Leigh is positive about the future and is looking forward to one day seeing a cure not just for CLL but every type of cancer.

The Leukaemia Foundation is there to support people, like Leigh, 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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Last updated on January 25th, 2023

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