Hi Joan and @SuBloodcancerUK, Joan, I see you have also had collapsed vertebrae, osteoporosis and curvature of the spine. No, Su, I was not offered any support, in fact the medics kept saying I had pulled muscles every time when I had fractured vertebrae for a while, it was the eventual x ray that picked them up and the consultant said that I must have been in a lot of pain, I was. As for the hair loss, I was told it was because the CLL was taking all my ‘inner strength’ coping with it and in this country, with it’s temperate climate, the thing that first gives is hair growth. Whether that is true or not I do not know. As for the ‘bald crater’ on the top of my head, and my thinning hair, well, if I thought about that and/or my spine visually I would never leave the house, but the wonderful thing is that now at my age I just don’t care what people think. I suppose I might have appreciated the offer of counselling to help me come to terms with these, but I wasn’t and I just got on with it. Joan how have you coped with your ‘challenges’ emotionally?