Patient stories

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Leukaemia: It left our family in pieces

On the day Nidhi and her husband Raj were set to celebrate the birth of their son, their three-year-old, Kiaan was diagnosed with leukaemia.

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Amy Thomas

Lymphoma: Amy opens door to a cure

Mum-of-three Amy found out on Christmas Eve she had a tumour in her chest.

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Lymphoma: Rare blood cancer keeps Kyle from his beloved soccer

Kyle went to hospital with a swollen knee, but his family never suspected the cause of the swelling could be cancer.

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Brendan Hodda and family

Leukaemia: It was like going through the four seasons

Brendan was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia just three days before his 40th birthday.

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Lymphoma: I'm thankful for a 'new normal' after my needle in haystack match

Tommy was diagnosed with a rare type of lymphoma after suffering an epileptic seizure.

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Lymphoma: Shock diagnosis three days before wedding

Mick Zuvelek was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma only three days before his wedding.

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Aplastic anaemia: No easy ride

Instead of finishing high school and hanging out with her friends, 16-year-old Jessie was fighting a life-threatening blood disorder.

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Leukaemia: Little Lucia a precious gift

After a bone marrow transplant Tegan’s dream of having a baby were realised when her sister donated her eggs.

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Jeremy Bird

Leukaemia: With strength, support, and love we got through it

Jeremy had never had a health scare in his life before being diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukaemia.

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Janette Elson

Amyloidosis and myeloma: Diagnosed day before 66th birthday

Janette Elson was living a happy life in a sleepy beachside haven near Bundaberg when life took an unexpected turn.

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Leukaemia: Mackenzie's story

Mackenzie began a brave struggle with blood cancer aged just five.

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Doug McLaughlan

Myeloma: My life became more precious to me

“I knew nothing about myeloma – I had no idea what it was.”

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Alan Mackay-Sim

Myeloma: I am ready to enjoy each day more

In a bizarre twist of fate, one of Australia’s leading stem cell researchers had to have a transplant of his own.

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Leukaemia: Superhero Bayley is beating the blood cancer bad guy

In 2014, the McKinnon’s lives took a dramatic turn with the news their six-year-old son, Bayley, had leukaemia.

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Lesley Royle

MPN: I wouldn’t change life for quids

Lesley Royle has been dealing with an MPN diagnosis for 22 years.

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Jess Sampson

Leukaemia: I was a 15-year-old fighting for my life

Jess was halfway through Year 11 and enjoying life as a teenager when she was diagnosed with leukaemia.

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Linda Hennessey

Lymphoma: My worst and best experience

“Cancer has been a journey I’ll never forget. The shortest and yet the longest year of my life. The worst and best experience.”

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Myeloma: I had a wig made for my son's wedding

Denyse’s sore back was the first real hint that something wasn’t right.

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GVHD: Our life is just another version of normal

Blood cancer was a devastating blow for Martin Leicht, but what he’s achieved since is testament to his determination.

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Lizzie Stephens

Childhood leukaemia: Lizzie’s still laughing despite battle

Lizzie was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia a month before her second birthday.

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Brendan Wessely

Leukaemia: The doctor rang me and said, "I'm sorry"

Brendan didn’t know anything about blood cancer when he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.

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Leukaemia: My world was turned upside down

“I was a fit 23-year-old working in the mines when I was told I had acute promyelocytic leukaemia.”

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Peter Carr

Waldenstrom’s: I've learned as much as possible about my illness

Peter is very involved with WMozzies, an online support group for patients with Waldenstrom’s Macroglobulinaemia.

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Jack Ryan's acute lymphoblastic leukaemia story

Leukaemia: I felt like I was having a bad dream

Jack’s parents found out four days before Christmas that he had acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.

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Maggie Coppin successful battled acute myeloid luekaemia

Leukaemia: She was only six hours old

“We found out Maggie had acute myeloid leukaemia six hours after she was born.”

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Marnie Mathews

Lymphoma: I am now a happier, more fulfilled person

After completing her Hodgkin lymphoma treatment, Marnie dealt with many issues that are common among survivors.

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Clynton Corbet

Leukaemia: Our world came to a grinding halt

Father of three Clynton was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia and needed a stem cell transplant.

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Bronte Hutchinson

Leukaemia: I am a survivor

Hours after she was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukaemia, Bronte was flown to Brisbane to begin treatment.

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Mark Aitken

Myeloma: There is a light at the end of the tunnel

After tests shows that Mark’s kidneys were failing, he was diagnosed with myeloma.

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Julie Allen

Lymphoma: Challenges bring moments for growth and learning

After experiencing many typical symptoms, Julie was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

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David Birchenough

Amyloidosis: I wondered whether I would die

“Further tests and a renal biopsy finally identified AL amyloidosis affecting my heart and kidneys.”

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Sharon Hazel

Leukaemia: Set mini goals every day

A visit to the doctor for a routine appointment led Sharon to be diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukaemia.

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Dean Fowler

Leukaemia: Family and my doctor's support got me through it

Dean’s acute myeloid leukaemia was found after he had a bone marrow aspirate test.

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