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Dawn’s Fight Like a Girl Story (Leukemia)

Leukemia StoriesMy name is Dawn, I am 47 years old and September 13, 2012 will be a day I will never forget, it is the day I was diagnosed with Leukemia.

The story goes like this. I was up north enjoying time with my extended family, and I became very sick. I thought all it was was a cold, so I got some cough medicine and laid low.

Upon my return home I found my condition was worsening. So I made an appointment with my general practitioner, and labs were done which indicated leukemia. Immediately a phone call was made to the local cancer center located near me.

I was placed in the hospital, and initial rounds of chemotherapy were started. I was there for 14 days. After my release, outpatient chemotherapy was continued once a month-three days a week.

I completed a successful six months of chemo, now I’m being seen once every three months.

My blood levels are still at a very low rate, and my clotting factors totally suck, but I’m alive! I have learned something from this experience, you must appreciate each moment you have because they are precious!

Dawn
Minnesota
Submitted 6-14-13

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One comment

  1. Hello, Dawn! We have ALL in common, and our diagnosis dates are one day apart! I, too, was feeling wipes put and went to see my family doctor, who ran labs and found my counts to be whacked out! I was sent immediately to the local cancer center and was discharged from the hospital 30 days later. I am on outpatient chemo maintenance now, and dealing with elevated liver enzymes and fatigue still. But in am in remission and continue to fight like a girl! Keep fighting!

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