Mar 11, 2004 - 4:01 pm
Hello!! I was very happy to see this forum for those of us in the "middle" that are dealing with cancer. I just turned 32 last week and was diagnosed with ALL (leukemia) on 5 Jan 04. I was suppose to get married on Valentine's Day but we put it off because we didn't know if I'd be in the hospital or what was going to happen. My man has been amazing though and I don't think I could have made it thru any of this without him. I have returned to work part time between doctor's visits and week long chemo sessions. I know I have been pretty lucky because except for losing my hair and being fatigued, I have no other side effects from the chemo. I never really got sick or experienced any of the other terrible things that I've heard about. I was VERY healthy before (teaching fitness classes etc.) and my doctors have told me that is why I have handled it all physically so well. The mental aspects have been the hardest for me. I get incredibly bored at the hospital and very frustrated with everyone telling me to take it one day at a time. That's just not my personality - ha!! I am currently waiting on results of a bone marrow biopsy to tell me if I'm in complete remission or not - my doctor assumes that I am - so then it's just getting the week long chemo sessions once every 4 weeks for the next 8 or 9 months to prevent a relapse.