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Could you possibly help with regarding a friend who has acute myeloid leukaemia. She is in a very bad way and now no-one can visit her unless they have protective gear on. She is suffering from extreme tiredness, cannot eat and has lots of infections. She is very very ill. Her blood count is right down. Although she is getting all the right treatment at hospital , I have read that visualisation and guided therapy technique can really help the mind and body deal with the rigours of chemo. I've read up but I cannot find any therapists or any CDs, apps or anything that would give her specific help. Would you be able to help me with this? She is based In Coventry and is in University Coventry Hospital at the moment.
Thank you for your question. I hope you don’t mind me responding here – my name’s Ellen and I work on the Community team at Macmillan. I’m sorry to hear about your friend, it sounds as though you’re going through a difficult time just now. I’m really pleased you’ve found the Community as it’s a place where our members can openly share their feelings and experiences. I hope you find it a source of comfort and support. If you have time, you may want to take a look at our Family and Friends group.
I’ve moved your post over into our ‘Ask a Nurse’ session as they’ll be better able to answer your question. They’ll aim to respond within 2 working days.
Macmillan Community Team
Thanks for your post and welcome to our Online Community.
I’m sorry to hear your friend’s in a very bad way but I’m glad you feel she’s getting the right treatment. That’s reassuring when loved ones are going through such a difficult time.
Visualisation/guided imagery can be useful for some people and I wonder if you’ve had a chat with your friend about what she feels may help. If she’s interested in finding a therapist, it’d be worthwhile speaking to her hospital team. They’d usually be able to refer her to a Clinical Psychologist or a counsellor to discuss this. She shouldn’t have to wait too long to see someone.
I hope this is helpful.
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