Yes, we've had our ups and downs, but thanks everyone for staying involved (about 45% or 900 of you in any given month) and making this community so supportive. Many thanks to those that keep us informed on developments towards a cure for CLL/SLL and how to live fuller lives with this still incurable cancer. Particular thanks to all who make the time to check if they can support those asking questions. Even just acknowledging that someone is listening and that further responses can be expected from others that know from personal experience what the poster is going through and can offer some helpful suggestions make us feel less alone.
It is just over two and a half years since this community commenced. Just look back at what has happened in the CLL world in that time and think about how different living with CLL (or even living without it!) will be in another two and a half years!
Don't forget that this site has a secure Private Message (PM) facility, by which you can safely share private information with other members - including email and contact information, which you should never do in posts/replies for your own security.
For those that have never sent/received a PM and aren't sure how it works, read these help pages:
How to send private messages?
How to view private messages?
Why not take the time to personally thank someone via a PM who has significantly helped you in the past? If you'd like some help, I'm happy for you to send a test PM to me (but please, not all of you at once ). Likewise if you've used the PM system and would like to help others become familiar with the process, just reply to this post, inviting other members to send you a test PM.
And if you haven't posted or replied, here are the help pages explaining how to do that:
How to create a post
How to reply to a post
If your post/reply doesn't turn out how you intended, you can edit it any time - and that includes making your post private to this community. (If you want someone else's post set private so your reply is private, ask for the poster to do that in a reply and it will be done by them or one of the administrators.)
How to edit a post or reply
Finally, thank you everyone for keeping this community's friendly, extended family atmosphere that was established so successfully by the early volunteers and members. It's a huge credit to all of you that we've grown without losing that feeling of belonging to a close knit, supportive group that deeply cares for its individual members.