Diagnosed with Leukemia at 34...Things I've learned
- •Leukemia is not hereditary.
- •There are many types with different treatments.
- •Less than 1,000 people a year are diagnosed with APL, which I have
- •10 years ago there was no cure for APL.
- •You can get small increments of arsenic daily for months at a time. Who knew arsenic was used to treat blood cancers?
- •Insurance is a privilege. I cannot put into words how lucky I've been. My insurance company has paid out close to 1.5 million and counting.
- •Movies and TV shows never get it right.Forget about privacy, chemo effects everyone differently, on average people spend 1-6 hours in a treatment session, not every pukes, there are so many different side effects to list
- •A hobby can do wonders.Legos have kept me sane. My hands may be shaky, but there's something about creating a model from a pile of bricks.
- •A positive attitude saves...From day 1 in the hospital, I was told I'd spend a month inpatient. I stayed positive. I exercised ever day. I was out of hospital in two weeks and on my way towards remission. I've been in treatment for 6 months now, my positive attitude he never wavered.