CLL. Three deadly letters of the alphabet that are stalking my family. My sister was diagnosed with CLL about 12-13 years ago. I have been wanting her to get a bone marrow transplant since she was first diagnosed, but Kaiser considers bone marrow transplants “experimental” and won’t cover the procedure. I am a firm believer in synchronicity, and credit the Universe for leading me to Harley’s blog.
I’ll let him introduce himself:
Hi. My name is Harley and I have CLL (Chronic Lymphatic Leukemia) a cancer of the blood. I am not a victim. I am a survivor, though the disease doesn’t know that yet. I am 67 years old and in reasonably good health, except for a blood disease. I have undergone three complete cycles of chemotherapy for this disease and have started the fourth. My doctor suggested I go to MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas for evaluation. They immediately encouraged me to undergo a bone marrow transplant. That’s what we are planning. The “we” is my wonderful wife, Melanie, and me. What follows is a part of my story.
I am re-blogging his explanation of what CLL is for my sister, our family, and all the friends that love her so much. I hope that everyone will follow his progress, as I have been doing, because it makes me feel like there is hope : one more option that hasn’t been attempted yet that could save my sisters life.
Follow Harley’s blog here. Remember to work your way up the archives so that his story unfolds in chronological date order.
September 13, 2013 by H