Leukemia Survivor Shares Her Journey

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“Life is a very precious gift. And unfortunately, you don’t truly realize it until you are fighting to stay alive.”

Tiffani was diagnosed with leukemia on January 13, 2014. She has successfully defeated her disease. She is a baseball lover.

The Diagnosis

“January 13, 2014. My body was covered in bruises and I was too weak to stand. I went to the ER and was diagnosed with acute promyelocytic Leukemia a few hours later.”

The Journey

“I was diagnosed with Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia on January 13, 2014. It is a subtype of Acute Myeloid Leukemia and is pretty rare. The day I was diagnosed was a scary day. I was too weak to stand and my body was covered in bruises, quite literally. It was a scary sight and you would have wondered why I even waited to go to the hospital if I looked like that. And the truth is, I was scared. I knew in my heart something was terribly wrong and google told me it was leukemia, but I didn’t want it to be true. But when I woke up that morning and I couldn’t even stand in the shower, I knew it was time.

My journey was rough and long. Before I started chemo I was told I might not be able to have children afterward. It broke me. I was in and out of the hospital for 6 months, staying 30+ days each time I was admitted to the hospital. I had to overcome a lot of things that cancer and chemo had done to me. I had heart failure, blood infection, c-diff, bleeding in my brain and right eye, extremely high blood pressure, weight loss, and water in my lungs. I was admitted to ICU twice during my hospital stays.

Luckily, I was in remission after just my first round of chemo. I went through 3 more rounds of chemo after the first. I overcame all the things cancer and chemo did to me and was discharged from the hospital for the last time on June 30, 2014. One year later I married the love of my life and on our honeymoon we conceived our miracle baby.”

Motivation to fight cancer

“My boyfriend who is now my husband and my family.”

Message to other cancer patients

“Stay positive. No matter what! Sometimes things get so dark and you might be thinking there’s no way out, but you have to think positive! It worked for me.”

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