Long Term Survival with AML

When I was 47 years old in 2004, my family and I received the grim news that I had advanced AML. The survival rate at the time was 15% to 20%. I spent many months in the hospital (City of Hope) and received chemo, full-body radiation, and an autologous stem cell transplant, and interleukin therapy for new immune system (a very aggressive treatment).

How’d I get through the treatments?

  1. Trust in God’s will
  2. Confidence in my Doctor, nurses, and the treatment protocol
  3. Goals to see my children’s future, support the cure and other blood cancer patients and be an athlete again!

A glass half full

I have, in many ways, gained from having AML by loving every day and appreciating my family and friends...But AML and all blood cancers suck and not a day goes by that I don’t think about my friends that have lost their lives to blood cancer.
God bless!

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