I was diagnosed with CLL - Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia on Jun 4, 2014. My life changed the minute I heard the words that nobody ever wants or thinks they will hear.
I was on watch and wait for 15 months as they don’t treat until the disease and symptoms progress. My disease is aggressive and progressed faster than I had hoped. I went through six months of unsuccessful chemotherapy and after going for a second opinion I found out I had an abnormal chromosome called 17p deletion which makes treatment even more difficult.
I was part of a clinical trial from Aug 2016 until I starting to resist my medication in 2019. I was about to start a new trial back in April of 2020 when Covid made it’s way into our lives. I am thankful everyday that research continues as I am now on a new medication to help me manage my disease until I can start on a new trial that has had much success. My doctors and I are hopeful that I will go into remission for the first time or better yet, be cured.
When I was first diagnosed I was told that if I had it had been five years prior my outcome would not have faired well in my favour. Over the last few years I have become very aware how important it is to continue fundraising so that research can continue. I want to be able to give current and new patients hope, therefore, I won’t stop until a cure is found.
Team Tammi is looking forward to our 6th Light the Night as we also celebrate London’s 10th Anniversary. Now more than ever the LLSC needs us and I hope you consider donating, joining or sharing to help make this year our best one yet!
The strength, determination and positivity I have seen from other patients, their friends and family as their support system is truly inspirational.
My motivation is fuelled by the idea that sharing my story will help others diagnosed know they are not alone. I have learned that surrounding yourself with people going through similar journeys is very helpful and I am honoured to be part of the blood cancer community.
Raising awareness and funds are my mission and I look forward to when all patients and families have a bright future!
The future is so full of hope! Blood cancer no longer has to be a scary diagnosis!