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I'm a 27 year-old survivor of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). I was diagnosed in October 2009 after presenting to the E.R. with Flu-like symptoms. I never imagined a cancer diagnosis...who does? To make a long story short, the road has been difficult to navigate and is most definitely the hardest thing I have had to deal with. On August 10th, 2010 I was admitted to the hospital to undergo an Allogenic Stem Cell Transplant. A year later, I'm happy to report that I am doing and feeling great! I'm most certainly not 100% yet, but I am able to start getting on with my life. I often tell people, that my cancer has been "the worst/best thing to ever happen to me." I remember being in the middle of treatment and thinking, "when will this end?" I felt alone even though I had an amazing support system. The tiny light at the end of the tunnel never seemed to get closer. Well, now I'm here...at the end of the tunnel. The emotional wounds are beginning to heal. I am and forever will be a new and improved person. This blog is very therapeutic for me but my hope is that it will also bring hope to those who feel there is no end in sight. Remember, you are not alone. -Luis :)

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July 27, 2010

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Twitter:@LuyMonzon

Chicago, Illinois

October 12, 1984

Cancer Survivor

Cancer Info

T-Cell A.L.L.

October 1, 2009

Yes

Cancer robs individuals of their God-given right to live.

I've learned humility and patience. I have also gained a greater appreciation for my family and friends.

Become a bone marrow donor, donate blood or both. Consider volunteering as well! :)

Thoughts, prayers and an occasional "How ya doin'?"

Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL

Be vocal and an active participant in your treatment. Voice your concerns to your treatment team. Every question is a good question.

Try not to focus on "why did this happen to me?" Focus on getting better and what you want to do to "pay it forward" once you are well. Remember, this is only temporary.

September 10, 2010

Easily fatigued, night sweats, bone/joint pain, petichae (red spots on face/through-out body), weight-loss, loss of appetite.

PICC Line & Hickman Line placement.

Unrelated Allogeniec Stem-Cell Transplant August 18th, 2010 Neutropenia Mucositis (Mouth Sores) Nausea, Diarrhea, Vomiting Easily Fatigued Change in taste Anxiety

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