Leukemia - @tabbymariejenkins

"Hey! My name is Tabby and I was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. AML is a very quick and aggressive cancer. The treatment used is intense chemotherapy, radiation, or even stem cell transplants. Mine specifically was in its worst, doctors couldn’t believe I was living and thought I would die within hours, if not days. Glory to God, he kept me here and I underwent the intense treatments of chemo and followed with a stem cell transplant. Now I’m in remission but I never knew or expected what life after cancer would bring. The transplant left me with trying to overcome the side effects of GVHD or graft versus host disease. GVHD can be very dangerous and can cause death. I have been fighting through GVHD since December of 2018. The disease is literally a fight to the death against my cells, and my donors cells. We continually were hoping that my donor cells would win the fight. They did! I’m 100% donor cells. My cells were depleted and that left me with stage 4 GVHD of the gut and GVHD of many other organs to my body. I just recently found that I am now stage 1 GVHD. This is something I wish I would have been aware of and known more about. I want others to be AWARE that life after cancer is NOT a walk in the park. The joy of being in remission brings peace, but for some, the fight remains." @tabbymariejenkins

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