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Jim Smith

Jim Smith
Jim is a writer and photographer in Washington State. He was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) in September 2009. Jim's CLL is progressing gradually and, although he gets tired more often and takes things slower, he hasn't yet needed any treatments. He still does some photography and writing as energy allows. Read more

A person holding brain in hands as hobbies and loved ones fill the empty space in their head.


My first reaction to my diagnosis was a numb disbelief followed soon by anger. Even worse, I didn’t tell anyone

hands holding a ball of scribbles and then letting it go

Letting Go

My parents were wonderful people. In fact, I’d say they were the best parents a boy could ask for. But


I once heard of a man who had cancer and was given only a short time to live. His family

A docked boat, on calm seas with furled sails


I sometimes think of how Leuk has changed my life. He’s certainly made me appreciate it more. Time spent as

Fear and Worry

Fear and Worry

After I was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia in 2009, I watched my white blood cell and lymphocyte counts quickly