I was diagnosed with Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia in May 2021. I was extremely fatigued, with bruising all over my body and petechia covered my lower legs. I was rushed to a hospital over an hour away because no oncologist at our local hospitals had the expertise to treat me. My platelets were 11 and APL was quickly affecting my major organs.
A miraculous recovery
I was diagnosed with differentiation syndrome which sometimes accompanies acute forms of leukemia. I was placed in a medically induced coma with a ventilator, intubated, and a feeding tube. My heart and lungs were not getting enough oxygen to support life. My husband of only 4 months prayed like never before along with our church family and friends.
I miraculously began to recover and came out of the coma on May 8, the day before Mother’s Day! Prayers were answered and God was with us every step of the way. My daughter, who is a nurse, was by my side and my husband was believing that I would be able to come out of the coma and breathe on my own by Mother’s Day.
All tests showed 99.99% that I had APL, so my doctor treated it very aggressively with chemotherapy treatments every day and oral chemo pills every day. Thank God my body began to respond well to the treatments! I was in the hospital for 42 days and just completed my last chemo treatment on Jan. 7, 2022, but I am in complete remission with NO signs of APL!
Words of encouragement
I would love to encourage and pray for anyone on here that is in treatment or needs support. I know that is my calling from God! I have spoken at my church and women's retreats locally and would love to talk to anyone and share my story. There are so many ways that God had me every step of the way.
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