[This] is Blood Cancer Awareness Month

#ThisIsBloodCancer

You would be hard-pressed to find someone today untouched by cancer in one form or another. While some types of cancer tend to be outwardly visible, blood cancer patients know that their journey is different.

Cutting blood cancer out of your body, like a tumour, is not an option. It is an invisible disease for the most part and brings a range of vague symptoms that can be overlooked or misdiagnosed. This causes frustration and confusion when patients are advocating for themselves with their healthcare professionals.

Sadly, the hurdles do not disappear once a diagnosis is confirmed. After their hair grows back, the assumption is that a patient is cured. Many people reading this will know that struggle all too well. In some instances, the diagnosis of a blood cancer or blood condition is a lifelong journey. How do you explain to your family and whanau that the “battle” you face is ongoing?

On top of these specific challenges, our patients are still coming to grips with, and navigating, life with cancer. Wrapping your head around all of these touchpoints can be exhausting and seem impossible.

That is why spreading awareness and advocating for Kiwis living with a blood cancer or serious blood condition is crucial.

Global Message

Five blood cancer leaders are taking the conversation globally. It is time to give blood cancer our full attention.

Important dates

  • Blood Cancer Awareness Month – September
  • Childhood Cancer Awareness Month – September
  • Sky Tower lit up in red – Wednesday 1 September
  • World CLL Day – Wednesday 1 September
  • NZ Herald online story and awareness promotion – Friday 3 September
  • World Leukaemia Day – Saturday 4 September
  • Cancer Rehab Week – Monday 6 – 12 September
  • NZ Herald printed story and awareness promotion – Tuesday 7 September
  • International MPN Awareness Day – Thursday 9 September
  • World Lymphoma Awareness Day – Wednesday 15 September
  • International CML Awareness Day – Wednesday 22 September
  • World Cancer Research Day – Friday 24 September

 

Help us take the blood cancer conversation global

We need your help to raise awareness of blood cancer this Blood Cancer Awareness Month and we’ve aimed to make this as easy as possible.  

  • Download our information poster for your workplace, school or organisation
  • Share our videos and posts on social media during Blood Cancer Awareness Month
  • Follow LBCNZ on Facebook and Instagram for patient stories and updates from our team
  • Check our YouTube channel for patient stories and forum videos
  • Don’t forget #ThisIsBloodCancer, #bloodcancerawarenessmonth, #bloodcancer 
  • And TAG us so we can say hi!