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AML: The Year in This Crazy Life

My name is Becky, and I was this healthy invincible woman who just by chance went to my primary physician one year ago.

Feeling good, I just happened to mention that I had bruises on my lower legs. The doctor said we should probably get blood work, which I probably would have put off, but two days later large bruises appeared on both of my arms.

Within days lab work was done and showed I had leukemia.

I couldn’t believe it.

Now one year later, I spent one solid month in the hospital, 3 additional 3-day stays and 27 days for transplant. The crazy part is I never felt sick.

Now I’m in remission and feel good outside of some fatigue.

Life is crazy but it’s so good too. So good.

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  • Deb Wesloh moderator
    2 months ago

    Interesting that you never felt sick.

    Glad you are doing well.

  • Amy86
    3 months ago

    Hey Becky my name is Amy and I was diagnosed at the age of 14 with AML I am now 33 years out post-transplant I had a mismatch transplant in 1987 there were no bone marrow clinics back then to find a match about three months after my transplant I got severe chronic graft-versus-host but have been cancer-free for many years I have a lot of problems today from the treatments that I took and long term light effects last year I went to the National Institute of Health in Maryland and did research for the long-term late effects and graft vs host

  • Yolanda Brunson-Sarrabo moderator
    3 months ago

    It’s been a ride Amy, so sorry for the bumps in the road. It’s great of the changes in treatment as opposed to years back, but there’s still a long way to go, especially when trying to get around the treatments done in the past. I’m happy you’re in remission and hope everything else turns out okay. Best!

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