Great article. Best wishes to Alayna. Coeur d'Alene, Idaho is a wonderful
place to live; pristine lakes, stunning mountains and forests, clean air and
full of wonderful people, mostly conservatives and very few liberals. It can get
cold in the winter here though. Last winter we had an arctic blast come down
from Canada and it was so cold I actually saw an attorney with his hands in his
own pockets that day!
Congratulations to Alayna, Ironwoman!I hope that Alayna is getting
Rituxin treatments at this time. Rituxin is being used very successfully to
regulate blood counts in CLL patients. Side effects are minimal, as this is NOT
chemotherapy. Treatments are only necessary every few years. Also,
I hope she is on high dosage vitamin A and D, as these have been shown to keep
the immune system strong and keep the blood counts low for longer. Someone I
love has CLL, and these treatments have allowed him to continue hiking big
mountains and remain highly active for 12 years since his diagnosis. No chemo!
Thank you Alayna for your great example and to Deseret News for the article!
I've gone through CLL treatment which for me was very tolerable
with minimal impact on my daily schedule. I'm grateful for the existing
medical interventions and look forward for further advances in CLL treatment in
the days a head!
You are so inspiring! I do marathons to fight cancer with The Leukemia and
Lymphoma Society (Team in Training). Just know that there is always something
new on the cancer-fighting front. Deseret News has a 2011 article on a new CLL
treatment under the title: 'Amazing therapy wipes out leukemia in
study'. And there is a brand new drug, ibrutinib, that has literally
melted CLL in one of my friends. It is being fast-tracked by the FDA for release
in 2014. Never give up, we have cancer on the run. You are a hero to us all!