One minute I was sitting at my desk at work and the next I learned I had an aggressive life threatening blood cancer. I was diagnosed with AML (Acute Myeloid Leukemia) in December, 2011. I was admitted to Moffitt hospital in Tampa, Florida for a month to receive induction chemo and went through an additional 4 months of consolidation (maintenance) chemo and sustained a remission for approx. 15 months. Sadly, I relapsed in September, 2013. I fought for my life once again and thankfully achieved a second remission but I was only given a 20% chance of long term survival without a bone marrow transplant.
Update: I had the bone marrow transplant on November 26, 2013. My brother Ed was a perfect match. He came to Fl from Connecticut to save my life. The transplant and side effects were very involved and the hardest thing I've ever been through in my life. I am remaining optimistic that it is going to cure me once and for all. I understand there are no promises, however with God on my side I know I can't lose no matter what happens.
Update: June 2017- I am still still in remission and doing well. I am 3-1/2 years from transplant! I still get my blood tested monthly and am struggling with Graft vs. Host Disease (GVHD) of the liver and eyes. It is important to keep it under control as it could become serious. This causes my liver enzymes to be elevated and inflammation in my body. However it is stable and treated with medications and it has not stopped me from working and living life. I am so thankful for that. This health battle has definitely been a marathon! I am hoping and praying to be able to clear 5 years which is the goal, although I will be a lifetime patient.
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