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Giving up is never an option

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19 Jul 2015

Gosh where do you start when you've got a 30 year life story and a little window to summarise in? Everyone has a story but I guess our most relevant to this forum is the chapter of our story that we never visualised us experiencing our diagnosis.

Many people hear the "C" word and without knowing which of the vast range of this disease that we have been struck with, we join them in their fear of a death sentence. Fearing the worst certainly hit me hard when I had finally got to a point in my life where I felt I had direction I had purpose and I was happy.

I am determined that even though things are on a halt right now, I am going to keep my soldier boots laced up and march right back into that life I had-gonna be far from easy but with the people I've come to have in my life and the legacy that my mum has left installed inside of me, I know I owe it to myself and all that love and care for me to fight on. 

I have started a blog: www.thefightofourlives.wordpress.com it is about my journey but it's purpose is also to reach out to others on their own journey. If I can make just one person smile through this then I've made a difference and I'll be a very happy girl :)



Rachael thanks so much for sharing your experiences so openly and honestly.

Diagnosis, for me, was undoubtedly one of the most difficult times as there was just so much to get my head around yet like you I was determined to get back to my old life and having targets to cling on to when things got tough really helped drag me through.

I look forward to reading more of your blogs and following your progress. What type of lymphoma do you have and when were you diagnosed? I hope treatment is going well and I wish you all the best going forwards. Stay in touch!


Hey Andy :)
Thanks for reading my blog and taking the time to comment it matters to me that people like us can talk about whats happened.
I have dlbcl non-hodgkins stage 4 I was diagnosed in March this year. How about yourself?
Yes I will deffo be posting regularly on my blog with the hope it keeps reaching people like you-like us!
You stay in touch too :)


Well I got my first response on here so thank you to Andy Jackson for taking the time to read and comment-certainly put a smile on my face knowing I reached out to someone-even as the novice that I am on using the web to reach out to people. I hope that you all can follow in Andy's footsteps and not be afraid to converse about what we are going through. Please follow my blog and get in touch

Rachael xx


You're welcome Rachael! I was diagnosed with CML back in 2003 at the age of 18 but was fortuante enough to find a bone marrow donor and had a transplant the following May.

Eleven years on I'm still alive and kicking and doing everything I can to help give others the same second chance at life that I've been given. You can read my story here: https://leukaemialymphomaresearch.org.uk/people/andrew-jackson

Had a read of your blog which is fantastic but do transfer over the blogs to the LLR page as we can promote them for you on here much easier and even post them on our Facebook and social media channels.

If you want to talk more about ways that we can help promote your blogs do drop me an email at ajackson@beatingbloodcancers.org.uk as I'd be more than happy to help!