After constantly feeling fatigued and chest, neck and abdomen pain, Matthew made the decision to go to hospital. Following lots of tests, he was diagnosed in May 2008 with chronic eosinophilic leukaemia, a rare form of blood cancer.
Initially his concerns were towards the effects it may have on his family, then regarding available treatments options. He was put onto Imatinib and within days, his blood count had become much more familiar.
By six months, the disease was no longer readable, he was now in cytogenic remission. Matthew approached Leukaemia Care for support during and after his diagnosis, mainly utilising our free help line.
To show his appreciation to Leukaemia Care, Matthew took part in the Great North Run in September 2012 with an ambition of beating his time recorded in 2010. In total, he raised a staggering £1,300.
“No matter what a doctor says, sometimes you just need to someone to talk to. It cannot be overstated how vital those phone calls were to me.”