Pauline K
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living abroad with leukaemia

Pauline K
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27 May 2014

I have lived in Greece for quite a few years and speak the language reasonably well but my experience of the Greek medical services was limited as, fortunately I had never been ill before. When I was diagnosed with ALL on December 20th 2012, my life changed dramatically! I spent the next 8 months more or less continuously in a Greek hospital where I had to depend entirely on the Greek medical staff for my survival. I found that the only way I could deal with this was by asking very few questions about what was wrong with me, why and what they were doing about it. My attitude was "get me well and get me out of here as soon as possible"!.

In short that was what they did. I have nothing but praise for the work done by the wonderful staff at Ioannina University hospital, often under difficult circumstances due to the dire financial situation in Greece.

Also thank you to Leukaemia and Lymphoma research because you have helped me to understand my condition - I only started to do some research when I had reached the mainenance stage of my therapy and the information you provide is invaluable.

Now I am getting out and about more\and enjoying the beautiful place where I live!



Hi Pauline,

Thank you so much for sharing  your story! Great to hear that you're in remission and doing so well after your treatment. It sounds like the level of care you received in Greece was very good - even if you didn't ask too much about was happening at the time.

This is not unusual - there are many people who don't want too much about the treatment and want to focus instead on taking their minds off what's happening and there's absolutely nothing wrong with that.

I'm glad that we've helped you understand more about your condition now that you're in a position where you feel you want to do that.

Very jealous of your picture, too - I wish I was living in Greece right now! 


Hi Pauline,

Thanks very much for sharing your story with us, and for your comments about our information. It's great to hear that you found it useful and that it answered some of your questions about ALL. We're always looking for ways to improve our patient information, so if you have any other feedback or comments about what was useful or not useful, I'd love to hear them - please feel free to contact me any time at

Greece is a beautiful country so I'm sure you're enjoying getting out and about - the sea looks so blue! Thanks again for taking time to get in touch,

Jon Hoggard (patient information manager)

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