Feeling My Body Fail

This has been a rough six months on top of a weird twenty years.  I’d learned to deal with diabetes, fibromyalgia, chronic pain, degenerative disc disease, nocturnal seizures (left temporal), degenerative joint disease, GERD, and the temporary effects of acute disorders like multiple pulmonary emboli (all three lobes of my right lung and right pulmonaryContinue reading “Feeling My Body Fail”

Crazy Few Months…

I’m tired.  The last few months have been fairly miserable.  I’ve been on Nutrisystem since the latter part of May of this year.  That was all going well with more than 30 pounds lost and kept off even through the crazy stuff.  Then, sometime in late July (I think) I started having daily headaches withContinue reading “Crazy Few Months…”

The Life of Cancer

When I was diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL) in late March 2010, I didn’t realize that cancer has a life of its own.  I expected to go through chemotherapy, have regular follow-up care, and move on. Done.  I’m already disabled, so I didn’t really think that cancer was going to be all that bad.Continue reading “The Life of Cancer”

Tis The Season…..

….to have all sorts of things churned up.  I don’t really get ”depressed’ over the holiday season, but more a vague sense of being overwhelmed since there are a lot of ‘anniversaries’ around this time.  This year added a new one with the death of my amazing, crazy companion- my miniature schnauzer Mandy, who diedContinue reading “Tis The Season…..”

Answering “Search Engine” Questions…

When I look at my site stats, I see the search engine topics that people are using to find information…. I’m using this post to answer some of those questions, in hopes of helping folks a bit ❤  I will edit at times to add more information as I see new topics. Today, I sawContinue reading “Answering “Search Engine” Questions…”

Cancer’s New Normal

When I was going through the initial induction chemotherapy after being told I had AML/subtype M-3 or APL (acute promyelocytic leukemia), I just sort of went with the flow. My emotions were blunted- partly from fatigue, and partly from not really having the time to wrap my head around the idea of cancer before chemoContinue reading “Cancer’s New Normal”

Reviewing Mortality

Per Wolters Kluwer… (and the technical stuff doesn’t last long). INTRODUCTIONAcute myeloid leukemia (AML) refers to a group of hematopoietic neoplasms involving cells committed to the myeloid lineage. Acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL) is a biologically and clinically distinct variant of AML. APL was classified as AML-M3 in the older French-American-British (FAB) classification system and is currentlyContinue reading “Reviewing Mortality”

When It’s Too Late To Fix Leukemia

This week, a local anchorwoman died of complications from leukemia. She was diagnosed on Tuesday and was dead Thursday night. Two days. That was it.  She had been working as scheduled  up until the day she called 911 for a worsening bladder infection, with severe pain and nausea. Then she got the devastating news sheContinue reading “When It’s Too Late To Fix Leukemia”

Where Was God During My Cancer?

Right next to me.  That is a huge reason why I got through it without too many emotional scars.  Yes, it was a scary thing to hear I had acute myelocytic leukemia. Yes, I was nervous about chemotherapy. I thought about dying.  But it was what it was.  Without my belief in God having everythingContinue reading “Where Was God During My Cancer?”

Chemicals in My APL Soup

Cytarabine (Ara-C), daunorubicin, ATRA (all-trans retinoic acid), arsenic trioxide (Trisenox),  some more daunorubicin, then methotrexate, more  ATRA, and   M6 Mercaptopurine.   Hmmm, yummy ! Those are the standard drugs for the M-3 subtype of acute myeloid leukemia.  Or, for those in the know, acute promyelocytic leukemia, which accounts for about %10 of all AMLs.  Some people getContinue reading “Chemicals in My APL Soup”