My name is Robina and I was diagnosed with CLL in December 2011. Since my diagnosis I have been on the ‘watch and wait’ list. This means that I attend clinic every 6 months where my blood is checked, and I have an examination. At the moment I am not having any treatment.
Prior to my diagnosis I had been ill for several years with blood transfusions every 3 months and monthly iron infusions. I had been passed from department to department until I arrived at the haematology department where a bone marrow test revealed the diagnosis.
The Doctor discussed my other health issues and referred me, in partnership with my GP to Liverpool Heart and Chest hospital for major surgery which has given me a whole new lease of life.
My CLL diagnosis was a relief as I now knew I was not just making things up. The support and treatment has been second to none and I feel I owe the team my life. I have met some wonderful people and have made fantastic friends.