My T-Cell Leukemia Story & Important Advice for Patients

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This is a guest post by Steven P. When I was 14 years old, I started having flu-like symptoms and a fever that wouldn’t break. After what the doctors initially thought was mono, they took a simple blood test and discovered I had T-cell leukemia. A T-cell is a type of white blood cell that directly helps the body’s immune system fight infection. The first week was the absolute worst. I was put through what felt like a million tests, an immediate bone marrow aspiration and a spinal tap without anesthesia. It hurt…a lot. After one week of treatment, my hair started to fall out. It wasn’t easy dealing with this immediate change, but luckily I was able to wear … Continue reading