Dean Jones was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia in February 2011 at the age of 41.
In the autumn of 2010 I visited my GP with a finger injury. Whilst there I asked him to take a look at a small lump under my arm. He was not overly concerned but carried out a blood test just to be on the safe side. Having lost my father to lymphoma over 22 years ago and seen my mother survive CLL, I was keen to have my mind put at rest.
Several blood tests and a biopsy followed leading to my CLL diagnosis in February 2011. The disease was in it's early stages and so I was monitored regularly until increased blood counts and an enlarged spleen led to the commencement of chemotherapy in October 2012.
The treatment made me very sick but it was so effective that only five of the six planned cycles were necessary. Despite feeling so ill during the treatment and spending a week in hospital with neutropenic sepsis it was all worth it and I have now made a complete recovery.
Last month I was overjoyed to receive the results of a bone marrow test which showed no trace of the disease. I recently celebrated my 44th birthday and consider myself extremely fortunate that in recent years the greatly improved means of detecting and treating cancer give people such as myself the chance to survive and thrive.