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  1. Surviving AML: The Long Road Back

    “Hola,” I said playfully, as I answered my cell phone on a beautiful Saturday -- April 21, 2012. “This is Dr. so and so. I’m calling because your blood work from yesterday is all out of whack.” “What do you mean, ‘Out of whack?’” “Your white blood cell count is high,” he said. “What’s high? “It's at 63,000.” “And what's it supposed to be?” “10,000.” In that moment, while at a barbecue with friends, I knew that I had leukemia. I uncharacteristica...

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  2. Balancing Expenses of Cancer Care: Turning Monetary Woes into Financial Feats

    I would never have imagined that at the age of 29, I would be lying in intensive care fighting for my life with stage IV anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL). What a wake-up call, literally! Nicknamed “Sleeping Beauty,” I woke up after three weeks to learn my true diagnosis following months of illness. By the time I opened my eyes, I had already undergone my first five-day round of chemotherapy…with five more sessions to go. It was going to be a long summer. But as it turns out, ...

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  3. Dispelling Misunderstandings About Clinical Trials

    As a clinical trials specialist for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, I guide blood cancer patients and their families through the process of determining whether a clinical trial might be right for them. I try to clarify any misconceptions people have about what is involved so they will be in a much better place to make a decision. This blog addresses some of the most common misunderstandings. Considering a clinical trial for treatment of a blood cancer? Make sure you know the facts. ...

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  4. Surviving Chemo: A Little Planning Goes a Long Way

    Just the thought of chemotherapy can be enough to make one feel sick. Toxic drugs powerful enough to kill or damage cancer cells also take their toll on healthy cells. While everyone tends to respond differently, most agree the treatments come with unpleasant side effects. Check out these 14 tips from The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society that should help make the experience a little less uncomfortable: Get some “chemowear.” Treat yourself to something that is comfortable and makes...

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