Long Term Survival with AML
Last updated: September 2019
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?
- Trust in God’s will
- Confidence in my Doctor, nurses, and the treatment protocol
- 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.
How do you feel about your support system?