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!
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).