The Shock of CLL

Last updated: January 2019

My mom passed away from cancer and 6 months later I was diagnosed with CLL. It came as quite a shock since this kind of leukemia typically affects older gentleman. My kids were scared and worried (and still are at times, 2 1/2 years later) that their mom was going to die from cancer in the near future.

After many tests including a bone marrow biopsy, CT scan, and much blood work, we were thankful that the results came back my CLL was none aggressive and treatment could wait.

Doing the best I can

I am starting to struggle with my immune system, often getting sick, and am bothered by swollen lymph nodes. But I'm still in a watch and wait period.

I try to live each day to the fullest and remember that I am living. I try to not focus too much on the fact that my blood and bone marrow are sick with leukemia.

Some days are harder than others. I've had multiple surgeries because of the effects of my CLL, but today I am here and doing the best I can despite my diagnosis.

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