I was diagnosed with CML in 2009. Fortunately I've done really well and am able to lead a full and normal life. I'm grateful for all the help and encouragement I have received over the last six years, in particular from fellow patients on CMLSg.
In the early days, the CML Support community helped explain my illness, armed me with knowledge so I could better talk to my doctor and provided a compassionate place to share my problems. Outside of family, it continues to provide me my single biggest support through my CML journey.
I was diagnosed in 1999, before the advent of TKI therapy but was fortunate enough to enter the Phase II trial of Imatinib. I set up CML Support in 2000 and the experience of helping other people has certainly helped me and my family cope with what is a lifelong diagnosis.