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20. My Real Selves

Flannery O’Connor, who fell ill with lupus at age 25 and died at age 39, once said that serious illness before death is a blessing.  I personally call bullshit.  1,201 more words

Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

19. "Revelations" from the Infusion Room

I’m in the middle of my second chemo treatment, one six hour day, two three hour days, and one injection on Thursday, the last day.  It’s Tuesday night, and the fog has settled in.  1,257 more words

Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

18. Back So Soon?

Three weeks out from my first of six chemo treatments, 1) I still have most of the hair I started chemo with; 2) I’m beginning to understand the purpose of each of the ten medications I take per day; 3) I’m feeling better than I’ve felt in at least two years; 4) I have been overwhelmed with help and kindnesses from people I knew and didn’t know until they stepped forward to help; and 5) the early symptoms are coming back.  1,823 more words

Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

17. How Are You? Great, Thanks, and You?

I saw my oncologist yesterday, a week out from my first chemotherapy treatment. My WBC is damned near normal, a bit high mainly because the good neutrophil level is abnormally high.  1,784 more words

Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

16. Into the Fog

Of all the side effects of chemotherapy that I feared in the first week, I was most horrified by the possibility of endless nausea.  At the first confirmed diagnosis of nausea, more than one trip to my sickbed vomitorium, I turn into a limp dishrag.  1,366 more words

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15. Welcome to Chemo 101: Any Questions?

Richter’s transformation, occurring in about 5% of lymphomas, indicates an average survival time of 6 months; chemotherapy has essentially no positive benefit.  My latest lymph node biopsy shows no evidence of Richter’s transformation, which lack is the absence of a very bad sign.  1,255 more words

Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia