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Drug or Chemo Therapy Associated with Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML). Posted on September 8, 2012 View this journey (3 Experiences)

My first rare cancer (desmoplastic small round cell tumor-DSRCT), which was a softball sized tumor in the upper abdomen was surgically removed. DSRCT has a 15% 5-year survival rate. Although there was no detectible remaining cancer, I received adjavent high dose chemotherapy. After 5 years there was still no sign of recurring cancer. Then, a year later I was diagnosed with CMML (Chronic Mylo-Monosytic Leukemia) which I am told was due to damage to the bone marrow from the HD Chemo. The only treatment was to do a bone marrow transplant, which I had in November, 2011. Now, 10 months later, with a few bumps and setbacks, the transplant seems to be working. Recovery from a BMT is long, with the main problem being Graft vs. Host Disease (GVHD), which is when the donor cells attack healthy organs (seeing them as foreign bodies. This can manifest in the skin (which I have had), the gut (which I have not had) and other organs (It attacked my liver). I am currently on immunosuppression drugs to minimize the effects of GVHD. Overall, having the two cancers has been a blessing in many ways. Yes, you read it right. It has strengthened my faith and trust in God, brought our family even closer together, given me a witnessing opportunity as to the mercy and grace only faith in Jesus Christ can give. I would be happy to share my journey in more detail.

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    Amen! I too have had my relationship with God strengthened. Truly a blessing.

    over 5 years ago

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