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Helping Canadians Affected By a Blood Cancer Adjust to the New Normal

Since we first learned of the rapid global spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) the situation continues to evolve at a dizzying pace. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada has been closely monitoring the fast-changing situation and we understand this is causing confusion and anxiety among the blood cancer community.

We all are finding ourselves having to adapt quickly to the new normal. Even here at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada to protect our staff, people affect ...

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Understanding Blood Counts

Blood cell counts give your doctor important clues about the state of your health before, during and after treatment. Blood counts alone can't determine whether you have a blood cancer, but they can alert your doctor if further testing is needed.

Your blood count (the number and types of cells circulating in your blood) is measured using laboratory tests that require a small blood sample.

Blood is composed of several types of cells:

Red cells, sometimes referred to as eryth ...

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Children and End of Life

Children facing end-of-life have specific needs and concerns to consider. It's important to approach them in a spirit of honesty. However, honesty doesn't mean overwhelming them with information and details that can be frightening. Honesty means honesty of feeling. Information needs to be screened and made appropriate for their needs.

 

What's Appropriate?

You can determine the appropriate amount of information to share by listening to their communication, both verbal and nonv ...

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Kathy

A little about me:

I’ve lived in Halifax all my life and my husband and I are fortunate to have two beautiful adult children, a son and a daughter. I’ve always enjoyed the outdoors and like to spend time walking, swimming, camping and traveling. Reading, sewing and rug hooking can keep me busy when the weather doesn’t cooperate.

My experience with blood cancer:

I was diagnosed with CLL in August 2009 through routine blood work and was ...

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Mark Barrenechea

OpenText CEO & CTO
Co-Chair, Light the Night TorontoOn Living: Why I’m Walking in Light The Night

 

There are moments in life that reveal your nature. They challenge your perspective and leave you forever changed. That moment for me came on Valentine’s Day in 2015. After a busy day, I was overcome with exhaustion to the point where I couldn’t even walk. For the first time ever, I dialed 9-1-1. Those three numbers triggered a sequence of events that woul ...

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