Why my leukemia journey drives me to give back

In December 2015, my family went to Albuquerque to celebrate Christmas. I had been feeling a bit fatigued, but figured I just needed time to recover from my hectic schedule. But when I awoke from a nap with a bad taste, I discovered my mouth was filled with blood and clots lined my gum line. My dentist prescribed antibiotics, but my gums continued to bleed, and I started to notice bruises on my legs and hands. At my mother’s urging, I went to the emergency room when I got back home. After an examination and blood test, I was admitted to the hospital, where I learned that I had acute promyelocytic leukemia, a subtype of acute myeloid leukemia (AML). My acute promyelocytic leukemia treatment at MD Anderson I started chemotherapy the night of my diagnosis. The disease, and getting used to chemo’s side effects, had me in and out of the ICU. I had pain in my mouth and constant fevers. After my fever spiked to 104 and kept rising one night, my doctor suggested I go to MD Anderson. My husband and I agreed, and the next day I was transferred there. As I was wheeled out of the ambulance at MD Anderson, I felt at ease. I knew that I would be taken care of here. Under the care of Courtney DiNardo, M.D., and Jorge Cortes, M.D., I underwent a series of tests.  I learned that I had an infection and a blood clot near my heart on my left arm where the PICC line resided. This was causing the fevers. If I hadn’t come to MD...

Why my leukemia journey drives me to give back

In December 2015, my family went to Albuquerque to celebrate Christmas. I had been feeling a bit fatigued, but figured I just needed time to recover from my hectic schedule. But when I awoke from a nap with a bad taste, I discovered my mouth was filled with blood and clots lined my gum line. My dentist prescribed antibiotics, but my gums continued to bleed, and I started to notice bruises on my legs and hands. At my mother’s urging, I went to the emergency room when I got back home. After an examination and blood test, I was admitted to the hospital, where I learned that I had acute promyelocytic leukemia, a subtype of acute myeloid leukemia (AML). My acute promyelocytic leukemia treatment at MD Anderson I started chemotherapy the night of my diagnosis. The disease, and getting used to chemo’s side effects, had me in and out of the ICU. I had pain in my mouth and constant fevers. After my fever spiked to 104 and kept rising one night, my doctor suggested I go to MD Anderson. My husband and I agreed, and the next day I was transferred there. As I was wheeled out of the ambulance at MD Anderson, I felt at ease. I knew that I would be taken care of here. Under the care of Courtney DiNardo, M.D., and Jorge Cortes, M.D., I underwent a series of tests.  I learned that I had an infection and a blood clot near my heart on my left arm where the PICC line resided. This was causing the fevers. If I hadn’t come to MD...