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CLL My Way program mapping a path to better chronic leukaemia support

Publish Date: 17/11/2016

A unique wellness program developed by the Leukaemia Foundation has been launched to help support and empower people people with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL).

CLL My Way will provide motivational counselling and one-on-one support to help people with CLL overcome the challenges of long-term and changing treatments, including emerging oral therapies that require specialised support to ensure medication is taken as prescribed.

CLL is a type of slow-growing leukaemia that affects developing specialised white blood cells call B-lymphocytes, also known as B-cells.

“The chronic nature of CLL can be very challenging so personalised support is vital when it comes to staying on track with treatment and taking steps to a healthier life,” said Barbie Hartigan, Queensland Support Services Manager.

“We’re taking a holistic approach with CLL My Way and will also be promoting the benefits of regular exercise, a healthy diet, stress reduction and good sleep.”

Face-to-face, telephone and online support along with special information sessions will be provided by two trained coordinators, Sheila Deuchars (pictured) and Sally Nicholson.

Those enrolled in the program will also have access to trained CLL mentors, through the Leukaemia Foundation’s established Blood Buddy peer support program, and telephone forums with expert speakers.

Additional online support will be available via a closed members-only Facebook group, enabling participants to make contact with each other throughout the pilot.

CLL My Way has been developed by the Leukaemia Foundation with generous support from Janssen and the CLL Australian Research Consortium.

The program will be piloted for six months in Queensland and New South Wales.

Learn more about CLL My Way today or call 1800 002 244 for further information.

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