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Eight Years and Counting: "Could Gleevec Cure Me?"

From the day I started taking Gleevec pills to manage my chronic myeloid leukemia (CML), I understood I would depend on them for the rest of my life. Or will I? Things have changed more than a bit since I was diagnosed eight years ago and studies are showing there could be a drug cure for a disease thought to be incurable. The evidence is showing that this “treatment-free remission” isn’t likely to happen for everyone, but just the mere possibility was enough to send m ...

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My Journey Through Stage IV Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

Brittany Daniel is an actress best known for her role in the television series “Sweet Valley High” and the film, “Joe Dirt,” and a lifestyle blogger at The Sweet Life By Brittany + Cynthia Daniel. She and her husband, Adam, will participate in The Leukemia Cup Regatta in San Francisco ( on October 22.​ In the summer of 2011 life was pretty perfect for me. I was 36 years old, happily getting ready to move into a new house, and gearing up to ...

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Born with Leukemia, Eevie is now age 3 – and Cancer Free!

After Eevie was born, she was diagnosed with a rare form of childhood blood cancer that affects 1 in 5 million newborns. She was given a 17 percent chance of surviving to age 2. This month, Eevie celebrated her third birthday. Her mother, Brynne, tells her story… When Eevie was born, we noticed little blue spots all over her body. Tests later revealed that her white blood cell count was 50 times higher than normal. Hours later, my husband Ryan, Eevie and I were flown to a children ...

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A Special Delivery for Mom with Cancer

On April 8, 2016, I was diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL), a subtype of acute myeloid leukemia (AML). I was 23 weeks pregnant. For almost five years, my husband, Allan, and I battled unexplained infertility. After three failed fertility treatments, we finally found ourselves pregnant the “au natural” way! At 18 weeks, I was diagnosed with a liver disorder and went for frequent blood work to ensure my liver was responding to the treatment. One of these bl ...

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