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Re: acute leukemia

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Posted by David on December 10, 1999 at 00:14:31:

In Reply to: acute leukemia posted by shelly on October 22, 1999 at 00:46:22:

: I have a friend in the hospital just diagnosed with acute leukemia and in need of support for him. His name is Scott and would love to have someone who has gone through this to write and say Hey I survived....Please send any help. to me and I will take it to Scott. Has anyone beat this and how? Scott is middle aged and looking for any up lifting support
: Thanks


I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, or ALL, in January 1982. I was 18 and just coming back to my second semester of college. When they finally found out why I was so weak (i.e. "you have Leukemia"), I didn't know how to react. I guess I didn't really know what I was getting into. I was medivaced to and treated at the Bethesda Naval Hospital.
During my time there I never gave up hope. I was stubborn. I listened to the first Rocky song to get me motivated and I used humor to get through my days. One time I got one of the Corp men (sort of a cross between an orderly and a nurse) to put what looked like an IV going to my leg. In the glass of IV fluid I put a gold fish. When the doctors made the rounds, they didn't know who ordered the IV. Suddenly one of them says, "Oh my God, there is a fish in it." They all got a good laugh and since this was a training hospital too (doctors rotating in and out) I got to play this trick twice.
I got the good news on Ash Wednesday of that year that I was in remission. I've since graduated from college, got married, and have two wonderful boys. I've now live twice as long as I thought I would.

Scott, you can beat this too. Keep you spirits high, stay close to family and friends, and be stubborn. Be very stubborn.

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