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Inspirational Stories

Anna

acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)

Glendale, CO

I’m from Hungary. I’m 34 years old and just recently moved to Durango, Colorado, to marry my husband, Joe. For two years, we worked through a long-distance relationship during COVID and thought we would never face a tougher task in life than facing an uncertain future beset by travel restrictions, an eight-hour time difference, and thousands of miles. We wed in July, settled into our house we’d moved into in March, and I had just qualified for my work permit and landed a wonderful job as the Communications Specialist at a local non-profit.

We’d just started our life together, and suddenly life took a sharp detour.

A couple of days before Christmas, on my return from a weekend trip to Chicago, I felt was struggling with a little fever and some heavy fatigue. Six weeks before, I’d recovered from COVID, and we thought maybe they were just “long-hauler” symptoms. But a series of mysterious bruises on my legs that appeared seemingly overnight prompted deeper consideration. Trusting our guts, we went to the Urgent Care where they requested a full battery of blood panels. That Sunday night, the ER doctor at Mercy Medical Center called and told me to pack a bag and to be there within the hour. Early the next morning, I was airlifted to Denver’s Colorado Blood Cancer Institute at Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center, where I currently am in the midst of the first 30-days of inpatient chemotherapy treatment.

I have been diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). Although it is curable, the process to remission is a long one, almost three years, and there is a whole life change ahead. 

I cannot begin to express my gratitude to my doctor, Marcello Rotta, for accepting me, along with all the other doctors, nurses, and staff here at CBCI and PSL.

I am positive, retain my outlook, and practice deep mindfulness because, in addition to this one-of-a-kind treatment, there is no other option and no better weapons for me to fight, sustain, and heal. With additional support from organizations like The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), for which I am eternally grateful, my recovery is not even a question in my mind.

Thank you, LLS, for always reaching out, offering to help, asking how I am, and sending positive support and thoughts. You are more helpful to us #CancerWarriors than you may ever realize.

Anna