During the third quarter of 2021, CLL Society conducted a poll among readers of The CLL Society Tribune about the COVID-19 pandemic and treatment decisions, mental health challenges, and taking medication. There were 138 respondents.
Dr. Allison J. Applebaum, Associate Attending Psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK), and Assistant Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College provided us with important statistics about caregivers that we are sharing with you below.
By Nancy Simpson – “Supporter, Researcher, Cheerleader” My husband has CLL. One day he was fit and healthy. The next, he was not. At age 64 he was diagnosed with CLL. As with most diagnoses, this came as a complete surprise nearly 10 years ago. I can’t stand the
By Victoria Yasova – Caregiver It was five summers ago when we found out my husband had blood cancer, the kind for which we must “wait and watch”. As two people who always plan ahead and prefer to take care of things right away, the waiting without a plan
By Pamela Zeiler – Patient My story begins in June 2014. Within days after my daughter’s graduation from nursing school and my husband’s discharge from the hospital, I became very ill with C. Diff (clostridium difficile) colitis. Lab results indicated the presence of Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia, a diagnosis bringing total
By Susan Chappell – Caregiver January 27, 2019 In the beginning When my loved one heard “you have cancer”, especially since there were no evident symptoms, I thought there must be a mistake. I wanted a do-over. Surely, they were wrong. Once his illness was confirmed, I watched helplessly
By Claudia Filippino – patient Did you know that your loved one is no longer ‘one’? Caring for a family member who has been diagnosed with CLL is like taking care of three individuals. ‘How is that’, someone would think; including the member with the diagnosis. Actually, for all
By Clair Wentz Long-distance caregiving is not easy. When you are a caregiver for a loved one with chronic lymphocytic leukemia, there can be additional challenges. You may feel like you are not in the loop or helpless to give them the daily support they can need. By getting