B-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL)
North Augusta, SC
I was diagnosed with children’s B-type acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) with a T 411 transmutation. As an adult, it’s rare for me to have children’s leukemia, but it’s the transmutation that makes mine unique. The doctors here have only seen this type three times in 34 years, and I was their third. I had unique symptoms as well. I had numb chin syndrome (NCS) where my bottom chin was so numb that I couldn’t speak or barely eat. I was given a bone marrow transplant on December 31, 2020.
I have two children. My son is 4, and my daughter is 2. I have a wife who spent every night in the hospital with me. We’ve been married for six years. My 67-year-old mother was also my bone marrow donor, so she’s given me life twice. Some days are tough, some are easy. But I’ll win this fight. I can’t quit when so many before have fought.