Highs and Lows of CLL
2015 started off GREAT! I married my soulmate on a beach in Key West on 2/7. 1 month to the day later I said goodbye to one of my brothers. He had fought a 20 year battle with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). A stem cell transplant brought on a horrible case of graft vs. host disease that took his lungs. A few months later, June 16, I was diagnosed with CLL.
The right treatment for me
Knowing what I knew of my brother's battle, I immediately ruled out Chemo. Thankfully I live close enough to The James cancer center in Columbus Ohio (Ohio State). I would end up enrolling in a clinical trial immunotherapy drug which, after a year of monthly infusions, completely wiped out my CLL!
5 years of remission
I have 5 years of remission under my belt and, despite some occasional bouts with fatigue, I am not having any adverse side effects! God blessed me with a GREAT support system and a new look at what matters most in life here on Earth!
God bless all my fellow warriors and survivors!
Did you ask yourself "why me?" when you were first diagnosed with blood cancer?