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Inspirational Stories

Thomas

AML Survivor

Stow, OH

I was originally diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) in November 2008. I went through one induction chemo and four rounds of consolidation chemo and then I was considered cancer free.

In February 2017, my worst fears were confirmed when I was diagnosed with AML for the second time. This time, it took two induction treatments of chemo to be declared in remission. I was then given a month off and went back to the hospital for more chemo and a bone marrow transplant. The last chemo nearly cost me my life. My kidneys and liver were shutting down.

If it wasn't for the power of prayer, the support of my wife and family, and my doctors I don't know if I would be alive today. So far everything is going quite well. I am weaning off of my Graft vs host disease medication and on June 7 of this year I will celebrate my one year anniversary of my bone marrow transplant!

thomas