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Diagnosed with Hairy Cell Leukaemia

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20 Jul 2017

On Monday 17th July 2017 after some tests, I was diagnosed with Hairy Cell Leukaemia.

After struggling with gaining fitness recently for a couple of 10k runs, and some other physical symptoms and just feeling run down in general I went and had some tests.

Please visit my personal blog for full details of my story and diagnosis.

I can't thank the NHS staff I've had looking after me enough!  They have been fantastic.

I am blogging / posting about this mainly to raise awareness of this condition.  This crept up on me... I ignored or wrote off symptoms as other trivial things.

My chemo starts next week... so bizarrly looking forward to getting that out of the way, and on the road to full recovery.

Stay strong my fellow sufferers! 




Really sorry to hear about your diagnosis David which sounds like it came as a real shock despite the symptoms which always appear so much more obvious with hindsight.

Reading through some of the symptoms you were describing in your personal blog was like a play by play of my own diagnosis which I remember all ended up happening so quickly and completely blindsided me.

There's a lot to take on board when you're first diagnosed and it can all be a bit overwhelming. I want you to know that you're not alone and that we're all here to help in any way that we can as you look towards starting treatment next week.

Our support line is a great first port of call and the team will be able to answer any questions that you might have about diagnosis or treatment and they're available on 0808 2080 888 if you ever want to call.

If you're like me speaking to someone on the phone might be a bit daunting so early on especially when you've got a lot to try and get your head round so it might be easier to email the team at support@bloodwise.org.uk

There's also a fair bit of information about Hairy Cell leukaemia on our website and treatment in general which might be of interest but the best people to talk to are your treatment team of course as they know your circumstances and are best placed to discuss your treatment plan and answer any concerns that you may have.

Do keep us upated on how you're getting on and thanks so much for taking the time to write a blog and help us in our efforts to raise awareness about blood cancer.



Thanks Andy.

I'm half way through treatment as of today.  2 more days of chemo injections.

Check out my latest blog from the weekend, pre treatment.  Staff at Royal Free (Enfield Chase) have been fantastic, as have the messages of support on the Bloodwise facebook page.

We're all stronger together eh?  :)

take care,







It's really good to hear you've got such supportive family, friends and colleagues, David. I hope the remainder of your treatment has gone as well as it can, and wish you ever good wish going forwards. As Andy said, don't hesitate to get in touch with us on the support line if there's ever anything we can do to support you. Take care, Alice 


David, thanks so much for blogging and raising awareness. I too have found the NHS brilliant, Please keep blogging your journey and your chemo experiences and take lots of care.