It all started innocently enough in April of 2017. I had contracted a case of Shingles that was healing nicely until a bacterial infection set in. By the time May started I found myself in the ER with the doctors telling me that there was an anomaly with my blood work and that I was being admitted into the hospital.
The diagnosis of CLL (Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia) was made almost immediately. After I was discharged the rest of May was spent waiting for the doctors to treat the ongoing infections and the collecting of results from the additional hematology testing needed.
Also during the month of May several visits to the Infusion Center were made for multiple blood transfusions while we planned and prepared with my Oncologist for the start of chemotherapy. After all the planning and preparation was done the start of Chemotherapy was targeted for the first week of June.