Chandigarh Meeting Report by Kuldeep Goyal

To commemorate World CML Day 2023, and to mark the start of the Hem- Onc Fest 2023, conducted by The Clinical Hematology and Medical Oncology department of Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) in Chandigarh, The Max Foundation organized its 9th Patient Support Group Meeting, for Friends of Max, in Chandigarh on 22nd September 2023.

We spoke to Kuldeep Goyal, FOM City Chapter Leader, and asked him to share his thoughts and insights on the meeting:

1. Importance of Support Group meetings for patients?

Support group meetings are very important for patients living with CML, as they provide a safe and secure platform to share our experiences, clear our doubts and make us feel more confident about the treatment and medicine. 

2. What are your feelings when you meet the FOM Community?

Friends of Max gives us a feeling of family. I feel extremely grateful for the support we get from each other.

3. What are your thoughts on the interactive sessions organized at the meeting?

Interactive sessions are very helpful. They help to provide a greater insight regarding CML, the disease and also, we receive other important information. Patients are able to talk to their physicians and clear their doubts.

4. Do you have any expectations from future FOM meetings?

Meetings are well organized and I hope we can keep organising such meetings in future as well as it provides a much-needed support. I thank all for the great care and support that is being provided to us.