I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 1988 and later diagnosed with ALL in 2007.
I was overwhelmed and scared when I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s, because not only was I facing the unimaginable with poor health, but I was facing it as a single mom of two toddlers. Then in 2007, I was petrified because it took multiple doctors and months to finally diagnose me with Leukemia. I still live with Leukemia against all odds. Even though I still undergo treatments and take daily maintenance chemo, I no longer live in fear. I live in gratitude.
I wish that I had known about LLS when I was diagnosed and undergoing treatments. Even though I have lots of support, no one truly understands the emotional and physical roller coaster of living with a blood disorder. I believe that LLS is responsible for my survival. Without donations and the efforts of LLS, I wouldn’t have access to the lifesaving drugs like Gleevec. Paying it forward as a volunteer. It’s a win-win!
My favorite part of volunteering with LLS is with the First Connection program. I spend hours chatting with patients, their caregivers and family members. It is a way for people to ask questions, vent and know that they can be free to express themselves at a very scary and unpredictable time in their lives. We can relate and that is so comforting to the people I connect with.
Volunteering is the most fulfilling thing I have ever done! LLS donations have saved my life literally.