The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is not only near and dear to my heart, but it also “runs through my blood.” In January of 2018 I was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) and after undergoing chemotherapy I underwent a Stem Cell Transplant in July 2018.
The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) is a leader in the fight to cure cancers and compared to other blood cancer nonprofits it is the largest funder of research and advance cures. It is also a provider of financial, emotional and various other support and services to people with blood cancers.
I am a Patient Family Outreach Volunteer with LLS because in 2018 when I was battling AML an organization like LLS and the different services it offers would have made a difference in my life. I remember the one thing I wish I had was someone to speak to who had previously gone through a similar experience, and to me, this is one of the most valuable services offered by LLS. Sure, I had the support of my family and friends and believe me they went above and beyond for me. They always held me down with prayers, calls and visits and sometimes just their quiet presence made all the difference. Without them this ordeal would have been a whole lot harder. Still, I had no one, with previous experience who had already lived it, to prepare me for what I was about to go through physically and mentally.
Therefore, after I recovered, I vowed to do what little part I could in soothing the fears and sharing my experience with others currently in the fight against blood cancers. I must admit it also gives me great satisfaction being able to share my experience as well as information about the financial and emotional support available through LLS.
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