Claire, of Gosforth, Newcastle, said: "It came as quite a shock to be told that I had hairy cell leukaemia as I'd never heard of the condition before.
Each year up to 200 people in Britain are diagnosed with hairy cell leukaemia, accounting for two per cent of all leukaemia diagnosis.
Hairy cell leukaemia is a long-term illness that develops slowly.
Hairy cell leukaemia and occupational exposure to benzene.
Occupational exposure to solvents and hairy cell leukaemia.
Occupation and occupational exposure to UV light as risk factors for hairy cell leukaemia evaluated in a case-control study.
Simple diagnostic assay for hairy cell leukaemia by immunocytochemical detection of annexin A1 (ANXA1).
High resolution melting analysis for detection of BRAF exon 15 mutations in hairy cell leukaemia and other lymphoid malignancies.
Rapid response of biallelic BRAF V600E mutated hairy cell leukaemia to low dose vemurafenib.
Around 21,500 people get leukaemia in the UK every year but fewer than 100 get the hairy cell leukaemia
which attacked his body.