Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. I was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) on September 29th, 2016. It is a rare form of blood cancer but what it basically means is that my bone marrow isn't producing red/white blood cells or platelets and that my chromosomes are irregular (cancerous). I'm still learning what all this means for me but basically the initial diagnoses is 1-5 years.