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I’m going to live life to the fullest!

A lack of energy and feeling a bit ‘out of sorts’ were the first indications Caeleigh Hancock wasn’t at her best Register for 55 for 5 She imagined she might be low in iron or something minor which could easily be remedied by a visit to her GP. Caeleigh had never heard of Polycythemia Rubra Vera (PV) when […]

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Living well with grief

Our Grief Support Services Manager, Shirley Cunningham, talks about our grief services, being alone and the positives outweighing the challenges. The Leukaemia Foundation is quite unique in that we offer a holistic approach in caring for patients, carers and families. We offer support from the beginning of their journey at diagnosis, throughout treatment and beyond, but also through the […]

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Peripheral Neuropathy

Understanding and managing peripheral neuropathy

What blood cancer patients need to know about peripheral neuropathy and how to manage it. Blood cancer treatment, or sometimes the disease itself, can cause peripheral neuropathy. It causes damage to nerves of the peripheral nervous system, which transmits  information from the brain and spinal cord to every other part of the body. It causes pain, numbness, […]

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Living with uncertainty

Living with uncertainty is one of the biggest challenges for people living with blood cancer. Clinical Psychologist Lynda Katona shares some helpful tips. Those things in life we thought we could confidently predict and look forward to become uncertain. You may stop planning to do things because you don’t want to disappoint others or yourself. As a result you risk […]

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Pam McGrath

Life after treatment: what’s next?

We support many blood cancer patients after their diagnosis and throughout lifesaving treatment but we also recognise this can often be just the start of a patient’s blood cancer survival story. Whether they go into remission or require ongoing treatment, all patients face issues of adjustment and change as they transition back into their lives. “Surviving blood cancer brings its own set of challenges,” […]

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My toughest opponent wasn’t in the water, it was in my blood

One year ago if you’d asked 32-year-old Rob Maitland to swim 18km from Europe to Africa, he would have struggled to find the energy to even think about it. But he recently achieved what seemed impossible and is now in the history books as the 17th Australian to complete the challenging Strait of Gibraltar swim. […]

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Maryanne Skarparis

Embracing life despite a diagnosis

A blood cancer diagnosis is a life-changing event, where patients have to deal with treatment, side effects, a new routine, and health worries. Maryanne Skarparis, one of our Support Services Coordinators, has helped many patients deal with their diagnosis, giving them tools to help them embrace life even in the face of adversity. A diagnosis […]

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Aimee and Brent

I found love on the run!

Aimee Dovell recently discovered a love for running…and through running she found love. In 2012, Aimee’s aunt suggested she sign up to our 55km charity hike in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland raising funds to help beat blood cancers. Realising she could combine her love for running with raising funds to help others, Aimee signed up on the spot and […]

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