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Around Thanksgiving, of all times, I started to find food unappealing. After dealing with mild nausea for a couple of weeks, I went to a doctor and upon finding some fluid in my ears, I was prescribed a course of antibiotics to combat what was thought to be a sinus infection. The nausea did not go away and then, I started experiencing some night sweats and just didn't feel well. I decided that I would go to the emergency room if the symptoms persisted after Christmas. On December 27, 2017, I visited the ER, expecting to have testing of my digestive system. After the initial lab tests, I was told that I had leukemia and was admitted to the hospital. Over the next week, my diagnosis would evolve and after more tests were completed, I received the diagnosis of Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML).
I have a wonderful medical team here at Tampa General Hospital and thankfully, I have the Great Physician overseeing everyone and every thing! I am expected to remain in the hospital for approximately one month, receiving chemotherapy every day for a week and rebuilding my immune system during the following three weeks.