First there is a baseline diagnosis. We have figured out what’s wrong. You have a disease. Then, there is the specific diagnosis. You have a disease with all these different moving parts. Next, you have a prognosis. In order to stop these moving parts from damaging you more – we have to give you this medicine. It’s going to hurt a lot, but you should be fine.
Somehow, that’s comforting. Knowing what you are dealing with.
Fear of the unknown is infinitely worse than anything else.
With a known product, you can quantify, qualify, and frankly, handle it. There is still a light at the end of the tunnel, and knowing it’s an oncoming train, you can do your best to dodge it.
My mother was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. We’re all still processing the information. The outpouring of love and support from our family and friends has been awe-inspiring.
For everyone reading this, please keep her in your prayers. I honestly believe that prayer works wonders. I also honestly believe and know in my heart that she will beat this. And, that it will be fairly dreadful in the meantime.
I went over to her house to help her pack for the hospital. I wasn’t sure if we would be crying together, but I knew I needed to be there for her, and my husband came home early to stay with our kids.
We laughed and joked, and talked seriously. She knows that she is a survivor. She knows she will beat this. I know it too. I love you, Mom. I love you, Dad.
Thank you to all our family and friends – your love and support is truly inspiring. My love to all of you.
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