chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL)
I was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) in 2021 after a routine physical after my 50th birthday. It was a complete shock, and I was scared and unsure of what my future would look like. With the help of my doctors and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), I feel prepared to make informed decisions about my future. I participate in medical research studies and intend to join a clinical trial (that a clinical nurse at LLS told me about) when I need treatment. My dog and I recently participated in the 25-mile dog walk challenge and did fundraising to support this amazing organization. I continue to see my oncologist every three months and know that when the time comes, I’m going to give this “monkey on my back” the ride of its life!