Patient Shares Experience at Colorado Blood Cancer Institute at P/SL

Patient Shares Experience at Colorado Blood Cancer Institute at P/SL


– The journey began in 2011. I had been really sick over the winter and my husband and my son decided to take me to the emergency room because I was just feeling really badly, and they did some test and they told me they were going to
admit me to the hospital and the next morning the doctor walked in and said you have Leukemia. Which took my breath away and immediately I started to think okay, what are we going to do? How are we going to fight this? He reached out to the doctors at CBCI. He reached out across
the country to doctors to come up with a plan to treat me. We had couple week break
when they let me out of the hospital before they sent me over to PSL and CBCI would do
the bone marrow transplant. So, I came over and
started working with CBCI. They did all of the pre-planning and meeting with the doctors and Dr. Maris was phenomenal. He laid out everything out for me. He was so honest and up
front about everything that was gonna happen about the treatment. He was very honest about my chances which were not very good at the time. My prognosis was not, not good but he was gonna give me everything that he could possibly do to save my life. Two weeks later I did
enter into the hospital. I went through more
radiation for several days. I went through several days of total body radiation twice a day. My bone marrow transplant went perfectly and by the grace of God,
I never had a setback and have just continued to be healthy and go on to defy all odds. That first hundred days,
it went by pretty quickly and I started to get
a little bit stronger. I was walking better, I
was moving around better and every subsequent
month that would pass, I was a little bit stronger. We started ballroom dancing
and had a lot of fun at that. After that, after Dr.
Maris finally released me to go back to a gym, I started
going to work out at a gym. I started hiking. I climbed my first 14er by the time I was in my second year. Something that I’d never done when I was healthy before I had my treatment. My life has gone full circle. I went, you know, to the deepest valley but I came back up to the highest peak and I’m better than I was. I am more happy, more
energetic than I’ve ever been. If someone who had just been diagnosed with Leukemia I would tell them to have hope, to be
courageous, to be strong. I would tell them to seek
out the people at CBCI. They are the best. They will do everything in their power to help you, to cure you, and they’re knowledgeable,
they’re compassionate, they’re so caring and loving. I would tell them, be not afraid that you take it one day at a time and just trust in the
process and have hope. There is healing at the end.