Friday 21 February, 2020

My bone marrow biopsy

Alison, based in the US, a writer and 2x leukemia survivor. Find @alirieman in the War On Cancer app
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My bone marrow biopsy confirmed that my blood was 49% normal and 51% cancerous. The biopsy also confirmed that I had what they call a 5Q Deletion. My oncologist described it to me like this, “A 5Q Deletion is like a copying machine stuck on copy… your bone marrow is spewing out cancer cells at a very fast rate.” I was given about a 50/50 chance at surviving this beast.

It was in that moment, I accepted I had cancer. I didn’t have time to question God, “Why me?” I was full on thrusted into survival mode. I surrendered to what was and decided to trust my blind faith. I knew that whatever it took, I would come out victorious from this life or death coin toss.

Chemo and radiation alone wouldn’t cure me, I needed to have a bone marrow transplant. Induction chemotherapy was supposed to be 10 days long with what they called a “7 + 3 regimen.” I was given a cocktail of the strongest chemos and I felt like a zombie. I was spiking high fevers and sleeping through most of the days. On day 9, all hell broke loose. I was in the worst pain I had ever felt. I had constant stabbing stomach pain that would not ease up in the slightest. I kept frantically asking my nurse and doctors, “What is happening to me? Why am I in so much pain? Can somebody help me?!”

Alison Rieman is a writer, speaker and 2x leukemia survivor and now cancer thriver. Follow and connect with @alirieman in the War On Cancer app

Alison, based in the US, a writer and 2x leukemia survivor. Find @alirieman in the War On Cancer app

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