In 2012 my life changed forever. I was weak, had a huge black n blue mark, would get dizzy and had loss of appetite. Went to my nurse practitioner because my dr wasn't available. She sent me for bloodwork on that day Friday. She called me back Monday and told me she thought my blood work was irregular and wanted me to see a specialist that day. Didn't think much of it until I walked into the Norris Cotton Cancer Center and a nurse put her arm around me and hugged me and told me I was sick-very sick and brought me back to see the oncologist. He said he was sending me to the hospital now-did I want to go to Boston or Lebanon, NH - Dartmouth Medical Center. You need to start chemo right away. I said "no" everyone I knew who did chemo died anyway. He told me if I didn't I'd be dead from AML-acute myloid leukemia the worst leukemia to have-in 3 weeks. Beginning of my story.
We had a woman in her 70's who was diagnosed with Leukemia. She was the leader of a mammoth rails to trails project in the mountains. This project was huge and went on for over 15 years and PBS even did a documentary (back to life). She battled the cancer for several years an won. Everyone said she had a goal and wouldn't let a thing like cancer stop her. Unfortunately, when the trail was finished the cancer returned and she died. She was in her 90's. Her name was Ruth Ittner.
I am new to this link and I don't have cancer but my life has been affected by this terrible disease.
My husband of 46 years died in 2002. My daughter was diagnosed 2004 and I drove her every week into Boston for chemo. The doctors said she was a miracle, she died in 2007, age 47, and I sometimes wonder if those three years were worth it she suffered so much. 2011 I fel in love with a young Canadian, we had three happy years then he was diagnosed with cancer and died two years later. My heart goes out to all of you, what else can I say?
I know what it's like when people say "God bless you" or You're in my prayers" but I always say 'thank you' and leave it at that.
What is your prognosis looking like right now? You're very brave. I have to go to the oncology/cancer treatment center where I live every 3-4 months for iron infusions. I'm so anemic it's life threatening if I don't keep it monitored. My body just does not absorb iron from standard sources.
I sit there with an iv in my arm and all around me are cancer patients in varying degrees of the disease. The ones who can all talk and laugh and share their stories. I hear some ask each other at times, "where's so-and-so? Oh...he passed away...and we all grow silent as we consider our own mortality.
I don't think there's much to say that won't sound old and stupid...but I'm glad you're still here! You are brave. Hugs....