Looking back two and a half years, I can still remember hearing the words, “You have leukemia.” And the number one thing that comes back to me now, was me thinking, “Crap, I don’t know a thing about leukemia.”
Well, let me tell you, I now know a TON about leukemia, particularly chronic myelogenous leukemia, also known as CML, and I truly believe that no matter what illness or condition that you may face; knowledge, about that subject is the key.
Every single day, new people join our CML boards and groups; more and more people are living with CML. Our numbers are rising at a rate of about 6,000 new cases per year. I recently read that there are an estimated 44,000 people, living with CML.
This shocks me; it feels as though we are a drop in the bucket!
However, since people are now LIVING with CML, and more and more are being diagnosed daily; this number will continue to grow. It has really only been during the past twelve-ish years, that people, who are diagnosed with this type of leukemia, are no longer issued a death sentence; we now will be given the chance to live, to share our knowledge and hope for a cure.
Anyway, back to my main topic; Knowledge is Strength. Here are some links to help newly diagnosed CML patients learn the ropes! Many of these suggestions will be helpful to others, as well.
- Signs and Symptoms of Leukemia
- Tips for a More Comfortable Hospital Stay
- When Choosing a Doctor; Choose Wisely
- Understanding CML
- Sprycel vs Tasigna vs Gleevec: In My Words
- So, Just What is a Philadelphia Chromosome?
- Treatment of CML
- Living with CML
- CML; Measuring It’s Response
- Measuring It’s Response Part 2
- CML: Finding Information
- CML; The First Phase Chronic
- CML; The Second Phase; Accelerated
- CML; The Third Phase: Blast Crisis
- Important Questions for CML Patients
- One Thing that All Cancer Patients Have in Common
- Sprycel; Financial Help
- Patients vs Medical Professionals: Do Your Homework!
- Be Your Own Self Advocate
- Questions You May Not Have Though to Ask
These are some of the highlights and most important articles on my blog; things that I wish I had had at my fingertips, when I was diagnosed with CML. I hope they are of some help, to you!