I have been employed as a Spiritual Healer/ Reiki practitioner on the Hematology Unit at University College London Hospital (UCLH) for the past five years. This is an acute care 40 bed unit which is based over two floors. Our patients are generally having treatment for hematology diseases. These include leukemia, myeloma (bone marrow cancer), sickle cell disease and thalassemia (potentially debilitating and disabling genetic blood disorders). Most of the treatments for these conditions require the patient to be hospitalized for treatment protocols which include chemotherapy as well as bone marrow and stem cell transplants. My desire to work as a healer within the NHS came about as a result of illness within my own family. My son Sam was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia at the age of seven in 1995. Sam was treated at Great Ormond Street Hospital and his diagnosis was considered very poor. The medical opinion was that Sam would be fortunate to live more than a few months, because statistically his type of leukemia did not respond to treatment. Sam lived for a further three years, during which time he enjoyed a quality of life that unfortunately his peers in with this diagnosis did not. I know that this extra time we had with Sam was due to the complementary therapies care he received. He had very little problem with side effects and the usual life threatening infections that chemotherapy can bring. I believe that healing supported him to be able to tolerate the conventional medicine he received.