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Patient Perspective: Ways to Stay Proactive During CLL Watch and Wait

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Published on April 17, 2019

“You can do things to make yourself healthier in general and just be more proactive, and I think that gives you a sense of control and empowerment,” says chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) patient Cathy Hamilton. How does Cathy stay proactive during watch and wait? Listen as she discusses the lifestyle changes she made after diagnosis, getting educated and advocating for care.

Provided by CLL Global Research Foundation, which received support from AbbVie Inc., Gilead Sciences and TG Therapeutics.

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Transcript | Patient Perspective: Ways to Stay Proactive During CLL Watch and Wait

Please remember the opinions expressed on Patient Power are not necessarily the views of our sponsors, contributors, partners or Patient Power. Our discussions are not a substitute for seeking medical advice or care from your own doctor. That's how you’ll get care that's most appropriate for you.

So one other question for you, Cathy, and then I want to probe our medical experts further.  And again send in your questions to [email protected]   

And that is so you've been told there's like a scent of smoke in your kitchen somewhere but there's no fire and you don't have to worry about it.  How have you coped with that?   

And I just decided to make some lifestyle changes that I thought would just make me healthier in general and perhaps fend off those secondary cancers that we worry about when we have CLL.  So I had all my necessary screenings done and I switched my diet and I started to exercise more faithfully.  I'm taking a couple of supplements, not crazy stuff, but I just got healthier.  

Please remember the opinions expressed on Patient Power are not necessarily the views of our sponsors, contributors, partners or Patient Power. Our discussions are not a substitute for seeking medical advice or care from your own doctor. That’s how you’ll get care that’s most appropriate for you.