Acute Myeloid Leukemia: Michele G.’s Story
Michele loved the outdoors and the beach. At 24, she was living a vibrant and active life until she was diagnosed with relapsed refractory Acute Myeloid Leukemia.
In this video series, Michele shares her story of diagnosis, chemo and stem cell treatment, relapse, and the side effects she had to endure. Her continuing journey through AML is such a shining light of inspiration, especially for young cancer patients.
Explore her incredible 4-part story series below. Thank you so much for sharing, Michele!
Michele tried to ignore the bruising, tiredness, and shortness of breath.
At 24, she was living an active and healthy lifestyle. Michele enjoyed playing sports and exploring the outdoors with friends.
But the persistent bruises and itching prompted her to several doctor’s visits. And her labs eventually revealed she had Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)
Michele underwent series of IV chemo and an allogeneic stem cell transplant, which means her brother donated his stem cells as a perfect match
The side effects were devastating for her—she couldn’t keep any food down, she lost so much weight, and her hair was gone.
Determined to get back to normal, Michele worked on and off. But her AML relapsed.
Perplexed how come a perfect donor match could not work, Michele underwent another stem cell transplant, rounds of chemo, and then a targeted chemo pill.
Her bright young mind couldn’t have comprehended her fate at first, but Michele chose to see the positive side of things.
With the love and support of family and friends, meditation, enthusiasm to meet new friends, Michele now shares her story to give hope and inspiration to fellow young cancer patients.
- Name: Michele G.
- Diagnosis (DX)
- Acute Myeloid Leukemia (Relapsed/Refractory)
- 1st Diagnosis:
- Age at DX: 24 years old
- Tiredness, shortness of breath
- Tests for DX:
- Blood tests
- Bone marrow biopsy
- 2 stem cell transplants
- IV Chemo
- targeted therapy (XOSPATA)
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