CLL 101

Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia 101
Watch Intro Video

Course description

Are you - or is someone you know - struggling with a recent CLL (Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia) diagnosis and wondering how you can become empowered to manage your health moving forward? Or, do you care for someone who has CLL and are seeking community support as well as more CLL resources? Sign up for CLL 101 and you’ll learn more about CLL from an empowered patient perspective.

Together, with the Patient Empowerment Network, we asked people living with CLL:

  • What do you wish you would have known when you first were diagnosed?
  • What do you want newly diagnosed people to know about living with CLL?
  • What kind of mindset do CLL patients need to have?
  • What resources are essential for CLL patients and their families?

You'll find answers to these questions (and more!) by enrolling in CLL 101.

CLL 101 is an online course offered through created in partnership with the Patient Empowerment Network and By taking this course, you will receive:

  • An overview of CLL
  • Facts about CLL
  • Curated links and resources
  • Videos
  • Knowledge Quizzes
  • Printable checklists with questions to ask your doctor
  • Why you should immediately get a second, expert opinion
  • Tips on building your healthcare team, and how your local doctor can work with a CLL expert to provide the best treatment
  • Where to find the latest CLL research, clinical trials and other treatment options.

Plus, we’ve opened up the comments so you can ask questions from other CLL 101 students who are taking the course.

This site provides general information. Please talk to your own doctor to make healthcare decisions that are right for you.

Joan Justice
Joan Justice
Amazing Instructor & Executive Director, Patient Empowerment Network

Joan Justice is Executive Director at the Patient Empowerment Network. Joan has a background in healthcare and business. She received her nursing degree from L’Ecole d’Infirmiers in Nice, France and her MBA from SUNY Buffalo. Joan has held upper level managerial positions in domestic and international marketing for several large medical device manufacturers. Most recently, she managed HealthWorks Collective, the healthcare website in the Social Media Today network.

Joan lives in Charlottesville, Virgina where she regularly volunteers at the Charlottesville Free Clinic and for Service Dogs of Virginia. She enjoys the outdoors and is an avid runner and horseback rider.

Interested in offering this course to your patients, your clients, your organization or your patient community? Please contact team here.

Course Curriculum

Class 1: Introduction to CLL
Welcome to CLL 101
Introduce yourself
Meet Carol— CLL Survivor & Patient Advocate
Patient Perspective: Carol says...
Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia Treatment–Patient Version (PDQ®)
Video: CLL Defined
Patient Perspective: Carol says...
Video: Understanding CLL
NCI: Dictionary of Cancer Terms
CLL Guide from the American Cancer Society
Discuss: What did you find most interesting or useful about Class 1?
Hide Content
Class 2: Building your Healthcare Team
Video: Welcome to Week Two
Video: A CLL Expert’s Advice for Patients
The importance of Second Opinions
Video: Second Opinions
Patient Perspective: Carol says...
Questions to Ask your Doctor about CLL
How is Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia Treated?
Advice for Patients Considering Clinical Trials
Discuss: Building Your Healthcare Team
Hide Content
Class 3: Becoming a CLL expert
Video: Welcome to Week Three
Video: Understanding Your CLL Blood Tests
PDF: Normal Lab Values from CLL Society
Video: What is Smoldering CLL?
What is watch and wait?
Video: Why Watch and Wait?
Meet Jeff— CLL Survivor & Patient Advocate Host
Patient Perspective: Jeff says...
Patient Perspective: Carol Says...
Discuss: Using time
Quick Survey: How's CLL 101 going for you so far?
Hide Content
Class 4: Living Well with CLL
Video: Welcome to Week Four
Video: Keep Moving Forward After a CLL Diagnosis
On Living Well: Carol Says...
Video: Finding Help for Anxiety and Depression
Video: Advice for Coping With Anger and Stress
Video: Patient Cafe— Dealing with Watch and Wait
Video: The Benefits of a Healthy Diet When Fighting Cancer
Nutrition Resources
Lifestyle Choices that Make a Difference from the American Cancer Society
Blog Post: Shelter from the Storm
Hide Content
Class 5: CLL Research & Resources
Video: Welcome to Week Five
Video: An Expert’s Review of CLL ASH 2015 News
Video: New Treatment Options for CLL
Investigational CLL Therapy to Get Priority Review by FDA
On Resources & Support: Carol says...
Video: Breaking News on Idelalisib Trials
Link: CLL Support Association on HealthUnlocked
What did you learn from CLL 101?
Hide Content

Reviews (2)


by kathy mutchler
Like how you mixed videos and written information.

by Geoff Bernhardt


by kathy mutchler
Like how you mixed videos and written information.

by Geoff Bernhardt