I was first diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) in the Spring of 2017. I was very tired and although I noticed that I wasn't feeling like myself, I assumed that it was perhaps my busy work schedule which included a lot of travel. My business travels will often come with time changes. I figured that I was in need of a good sleep to make up for the body getting out of it's normal routine.
My diagnosis left me in a state of denial. I did not believe it. I spent a lot of time looking online and even though some of the symptoms were similar to mine. I looked for the ones that did not match my symptoms, that offered me a bit of relief. It wasn't long after that I had to face the truth. I had cancer.
I felt the guilt of not listening and accepting sooner. I could have started treatment earlier. Now that I have begun treatment, the cancer has progressed. I feel like I have let my family down, my wife asked me to start treatment earlier or get a second opinion but I hesitated. Now, I am consumed with worry. Will this treatment work? How long do I have left?
The Day That Changed My Life®