nv@cincy's Journey with B-Cell, Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia

Survivor: Leukemia > Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL) > B-Cell

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: over 8 years ago, Male, Age: 44

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    • nv@cincy
    • Experience with B-Cell, Acute Lymphoc...
    about 5 years ago
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    Other

    Celebration

    On Father's Day 2009, my wife surprised me with the news that she was pregnant with our third child. The very next day I started developing symptoms of what I found out to be 5 days later as a diagnosis of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Within a week we went from being overjoyed to receiving the worst news of my life.

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    about 5 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    The diagnosis wasn't the greatest news to hear. Being diagnosed with an illness that typically doesn't affect someone in my age group raised more questions and uncertainty than we could get answers for.

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    about 5 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I started chemotherapy right away and had to spent an entire week every third week in the hospital getting the treatment. Being away from my wife and children for that long took a toll on all of us. The treatment itself wasn't too bad but the side effects made daily activities very difficult (and exhausting).

    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    Remission

    Celebration

    After 1 cycle of chemotherapy I learned that my ALL was in complete remission! However, that didn't mean I was finished - I had to complete 7 more cycles lasting 3 weeks for each cycle. After that course, I had to continue with 24 monthly cycles of maintenance chemotherapy.

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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    After completing 8 3-week cycles of chemotherapy in the hospital I wrapped up my treatment protocol with 24 monthly cycles of maintenance chemo. The chemo was in the form of low-dose pills with little to no side effects, but I still had to make a weekly visit to my Oncologist to have my blood checked - this was a minor inconvenience considering where I had been. Also, about the time I had started maintenance chemo I started back to work and my wife gave birth to our first son. Life was slowly beginning to return to normal!

    Easy to Do: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    about 5 years ago
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    Finished treatment

    Celebration

    After nearly 2 and 1/2 years of chemotherapy I was finally finished with my cancer treatment - we had a big (surprise) celebration with family and friends to mark the end. I have been living cancer free ever since and continue to be grateful for all of the support I have received from so many different people.

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