Posted by: Mary Crocco | October 1, 2013

A Great Month!


October 1, 2013

September was a great month Living with CML! (Chronic Myeloid Leukemia) As a result, this will be an upbeat, short post. 🙂

I was looking forward to doctor free visits for September and October, but my oncologist disagreed. He ordered to keep the lab appointment in September and doctor visit October 1st.

Blood results were good, even though I had to retake a test.

Iron levels were perfect, no concerns about supplements or an infusion. Haven’t been sick a day since removing iron. (Two months!)

The doctor explained how my daily oral chemo drug, Gleevec, would react with changes over time. Taking Gleevec since 2003, this is what living with CML entails.

I did have to renew my RX from the gastroenterologist. I was surprised, but it works.

I felt so good I booked a flight to Reno and spent a couple of days with my grandson. Back to normal!

I attended a Las Vegas Writer’s Group meeting. Back to normal!

I attended a writing workshop. Back to normal!

These writing events benefit the sequel I’m currently writing, and will help with the rewrite of my first book in November.

I’ve been exercising at the athletic club’s pool, and already getting stronger and losing weight. Back to normal!

The real back to normal was a last minute decision to see my favorite Late Late Night, Craig Ferguson’s live show. I knew he was appearing here in Vegas, but still being skeptic about feeling back to normal, I didn’t get a ticket in advance, just in case. At noon, on the day of his show, I bought a ticket! The show was great and the pool exercises provided my knees with strength to walk the casino and parking lot. Back to normal!

I suffered major cramps that night and took muscle relaxers. The following night I went to the pool and all was fine, but the next day my knees hurt. I guess it was a delayed reaction from walking more than usual the night of the show. I took a pain killer, which are few and far between.

The rest of October is doctor free. I have three writing related classes set up, and registered for the Las Vegas Writer’s Conference for two days, having an advantage over writers out of town because I live here!

My grandson and his parents, are coming for a weekend, he’s only two years old!

Living with CML is changing the longer I take Gleevec. Since it is a chronic disease, it will always be something new. Currently, I’ve conquered the side effects. I will never give up the challenges.

Thanks for reading. 🙂



  1. Keep it up my friend. I love your positive attitude and they they say attitude is half the battle. 🙂

    • Thank you! I sure do try. 😄

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