It’s been nearly five years since my diagnoses of CML, a form of Leukemia. If I had received the diagnosis back in the 1990’s I would have been told to go home and make my funeral arrangements. With today’s modern medical advancements, which I’m highly thankful for, those of us with this diagnosis are able to live a somewhat normal life for many years.
There is a “go-to drug” called Glevic that is prescribed to most all new patients. This drug worked for me for a while but stopped and I had to find something else. The next drug caused more problems than the actual cancer did. This new drug I’m on is working for now but is causing fluid around my heart and lungs but not as bad as the previous drug.
Is my life back to normal, no. There have been many changes that had to be made to make my life a little better. Because of the fluid around my heart and lungs, I’m no longer able to do a lot of the things I used to do. Basically, I had to stop anything that would cause me to get out of breath with exertion. That doesn’t mean I’ve given up. I still try to walk and stay active. Every morning that I wake up I feel blessed to still be here. I’ve got a lot to live for and I hope I’m here for a while to come.
Had those drugs been available in the late 90’s, my sweet old neighbor might still be alive today. I’m glad that you are, and hope that you have many, many more years to enjoy.