Why I Write

In March 2017, I was diagnosed with Hairy Cell Leukemia. HCL is a rare blood disorder that affects approximately 2,000 people per year (mostly older men).

This is the story of myself - a relatively healthy, 34-year old woman, as I journey throughout the world of oncology, hematology, cancer and plenty of words to describe your condition that you can't pronounce!

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Background

The diagnosis of any cancer is life-altering and it's hard to describe, even with the build up of anticipating in early 2017. I'm young - a millennial (barely)! I've been working full-time since I was 20-years old (while getting a B.S. and M.S.). I don't know the word stop. Cancer certainly does. It puts life into perspective.

The hardest part of accepting that I was diagnosed with cancer, Hairy Cell Leukemia, is that I have felt (and still feel) fine. F-I-N-E fine. I can't have cancer. No fatigue, no symptoms; my bloodwork was a little off but didn't raise a red flag to my GP (but certainly should have).

Next Steps

More research, funding, and awareness need to be brought to Hairy Cell Leukemia, which is only 2% of the leukemia's diagnosed. If you're one of the 2% - it's a big deal.

Please visit the The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to learn more about their work: Call 1-800-955-4572 or Click Here.