Sadie Windmill was diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia in August 2012, she shares her story here and how her diagnosis has changed her life.
My name is Sadie Windmill and having been told I had the mumps I was diagnosed with CLL in August of last year at the age of 42. Life became a whirlwind of operations, tubes, needles, hospital appointments and chemotherapy. Having never been really ill in my life it was such a shocker, and took a while to accept it all. I took my doctor's advice and had time off work from teaching during treatment, and devoted it to reading as much as I could to help myself. I changed my diet, lifestyle and whole approach to life, and became a much happier person as a result of it. I was very lucky that the treatment went well, and with support from family and friends I remained positive throughout and got those wonderful words " full remission" in February of this year.
I do not know what the future holds, but I do know that life is a wonderful gift, and each moment is to be cherished. As a result my husband and I have given up our jobs, rented out our house and have made the decision to sail around the world with our two dogs. We are taking a couple of years to circumnavigate the UK, Iceland and Norway, before planning to go to the Med and hopefully across the Atlantic. We would never have given up secure jobs with good wages, and take this huge risk before, but life is so special it has inspired us to do now, what we hoped to do when we retired. We are planning to get casual jobs as we travel along to pay for each leg. We have just had three months in the Channel Isles and plan on spending the summer along the West Country and the Scilly Isles. My consultant has been brilliant, and arranged for tests to happen wherever we are and sent back to Birmingham every three months. I would not like to have to go through this again, but I feel a happier, calmer and more contented person as a result, and am loving every minute of our adventure!!