Brenda was diagnosed on Friday, Oct. 6 with chronic myeloid leukemia, also called CML for short. Normally CML is treated long term with targeted medication, but when she was diagnosed, her CML was already in the "blast" phase, and her doctors were concerned that it could quickly transition to acute myeloid leukemia (AML). This also caused chromosomal changes, called "Philadelphia Syndrome," which affects chromosomes 9 and 22.
Brenda will be receiving chemotherapy and a stem-cell transplant at Colorado Blood Cancer Institute at Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center in Denver over the course of the next six weeks. She has a rock-star team of doctors and nurses on her side, and CBCI is the largest and most experienced full-service blood and marrow, or stem cell, transplant program in Colorado -- she's in the right place with the right people to get her healed and back to enjoying life with her family.