Disease survivor tells her story

First published in News

THE inspirational story of leukaemia survivor Daisy Turner struck a chord with members of Ilminster Rotary Club.

The club welcomed Daisy to a meeting at the Shrubbery Hotel – Rotarian David Dick invited her to speak about her experience with the Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research Centre (LLR).

Daisy, 30, was just 16 when diagnosed with a pre-leukaemia condition common to patients aged over 70, which meant her bone marrow did not function properly.

She said vital information provided by LLR helped her and her parents at that stressful time.

She underwent a bone marrow transplant in April 2009, from a French donor, and is now in full health. Daisy now volunteers for the Exeter-based LLR and helps local communities understand the importance of developing treatments, understanding causes of blood cancer conditions, improving survival rates and helping prevent blood cancer.

The talk was of significance to several Rotarians, including John Weatherill, who has been diagnosed with the disease.

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