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Ten years after childhood AML (acute myeloid leukaemia)

From Hannah Drinkwater in Newton Abbot

AML?? I didn’t know what it was. Being told at the age of 6 that you have acute myeloid leukaemia isn’t exactly what a 6 year old should be told. Now being 17, and ten years on from the treatment, I’m surprised at how much I remember and what a horrible experience it really was.

I am a survivor but it doesn’t make me feel any better, as I watched people on the same ward as me die having not even lived their lives yet.

The hardest part for me is that this will be with me for the rest of my life. Most people think that once you’ve stopped treatment and are in remission, it’s all over. But it’s just not. I have so many after effects due to treatment and the thought of a relapse or a secondary cancer scares the life out of me! However, I try to live each day!

It’s so important to support cancer charities, it will never really hit you how much you will need them until someone in your family or even yourself are told the devastating news.

Cancer kills - we shouldn’t let it!

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Updated: 28 September 2009