CLL is the most common form of leukaemia, and is rare in people under the age of 40, mainly affecting those over 60 years old. CLL is more common in men than in women. CLL tends to develop slowly, and many patients will not need treatment for months or even years. The average survival rate for CLL is 10 years, but this figure may be distorted by the fact that many people diagnosed with CLL are well 0ver 60 years old.
Cancer Research UK suggests that: "On average 44 out of 100 men (44%) and 52 out of 100 women (52%) will live for at least 5 years after being diagnosed."
Elgin tells the narrator that Louise has had leukaemia for 'About two years'.
He also tells the narrator 'It's rare', suggesting that Louise is under 40 years old.
100 months translates to just over 8 years.
Yorkshire is a county in northern England. It is the largest county in the UK, and consists of the wide open green spaces of dales and moors, as well as large cities (e.g. Leeds) and industrial areas. It is approximately 200 miles from London
During the 1950s-1970s, Hammer Film Productions became well-known for their low-budget, Gothic horror films. The term 'Hammer Horror' is now used to refer to any horror film of the same era and style.
Rock of Ages is a Christian hymn, written by Reverend Augustus Montague Toplady in 1763, and usually sung to the music of Thomas Hastings.
This plays with the idea of our history being written on the body through damage and scars.
It is interesting to note that although in life the narrator describes Louise's body in terms of text, in death s/he wants only an image.