Valerie's Assessment

My 30's have been rough

A full-time mother

Out of the blue

The pain was real

Difficult pain to treat

The pain was from treatment

Incredible pain from chemotherapy

Nerve pain was a 10

Out of the blue

It was April 20th of 1993, when I was 31, I found out that I had chronic myelogenous leukemia. It was just like right out of the blue. I kept having recurring sinus infections and was seeing a specialist for those. I was scheduled for some sinus surgery. When they did the blood work for the surgery they discovered the leukemia. That's a kind of leukemia that there's no curative treatment for. When you have this kind of cancer you die unless you're able to have a bone marrow transplant. About half the people who have bone marrow transplants die from the transplant.

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