Rani was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia after feeling generally unwell and stressed by her work and family responsibilities. She has regular check-ups but has had no treatment.
Rani was feeling not quite right and was struggling to keep up with her work and looking after her daughter and her sick mother, and consequently felt stressed. She developed a pain in her arm and one day couldn’t lift the kettle. She went to the GP and had a blood test. She was referred to the hospital for more blood tests and a bone marrow biopsy. She was told she had leukaemia and felt very frightened, fearing that she might not live to see her daughter grow up.
Rani attended the hospital once a month to start with and was told that she did not need treatment because her leukaemia was very slow growing, but she might do so in several years time. Her hospital check-ups gradually became less frequent and she now attends just once a year. She has had no treatment.
After her diagnosis Rani tried to find information about leukaemia and advice on how to manage her stress. She learned about complementary therapies and, with her doctor’s approval, changed her diet and started taking vitamin supplements and Echinacea to boost her immune system, as well as taking more exercise, yoga and chi gong in particular. She did visualisation and received healing and aromatherapy at a cancer resource centre, and had some counselling. Having leukaemia changed Rani’s outlook on life and she went on a course to become a healer, started meditating and studied Buddhism.