Thursday, January 15, 2015

There is One Less Doctor/Patient with CLL (chronic lymphocytic leukemia) Alive Today

More bad news.

After a 10 year struggle, a young friend (in his mid 40s) with very young children, a fellow MD with CLL, just passed away from complications of his leukemia.

Being a doctor, even a very thoughtful Harvard trained doctor, and being treated at world class medical centers, and making all the smart decisions, and getting randomized to the "right" arm of the trial, and getting the best possible therapies and living a clean lifestyle, and being a hardworking, good person, and having the love of your family and friends and the respect of your colleagues and the prayers of many, none of it provided a free pass.

This is the second doctor/patient that I personally have known that succumb to this disease.

When it comes to CLL there is no immunity. Double entendre definitely intended.

I hate this cancer.

Mostly I am just so sad for his wife and his children and the rest of his family.

And angry (but I am not sure at what- the cancer I guess).

My prayers goes out to his loved ones.

I am also so motivated to do what can be done to increase all our odds of avoiding a premature death. It's possible. It's close. But we are not there yet.

I and several other CLL survivors from our Orange County CLL support group will be at the LLS Blood Conference Feb 7 in Anaheim.

Please click here to learn more.

On behalf of LLS, I extended an invitation to Dr. Tom Kipps of UCSD and Dr. Steve Rosen of City of Hope and was thrilled that they both accepted to speak. It will be super meeting, so don't miss it.

Please register and when you are there, please drop by our table for the CLL Society Inc. the new nonprofit 501c dedicated to the unmet needs of the CLL community. Learn how with your help, we plan to make a real measurable difference in the years to come and do what we can so that everyone has the best possible odds.

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