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Patient Corner

MD Anderson patients can contribute to this page. Leukemia patients and family members are invited to write a testimony of their experience with our facility, physicians, and staff. Please e-mail your story to leukemia@mdanderson.org.

"I am also lucky to have been able to drop everything and go to MD Anderson.  I am convinced that I would not be sitting here if I had not been a patient there.  The nurses, doctors, social workers, everyone there is top-notch.  When I go back for my three-month checkups, I feel a sense of peace when I am in the building there." - Jodi Oliver, Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML) patient, My Story (July 19, 2013)

"Rogue waves hit quickly and then they're gone. You brace yourself and hang on. The seas settle and you realize you've not been hurt by the unexpected. You're tough and you shake it off. And you smile because you know you're strong. Life is good. All is right with the world again. Only now it's better. Truly." - Sue Miller, Leukemia Patient, Smooth Sailing and Rogue Waves (March 14, 2013)

“Being around others with similar illnesses is a unique opportunity to identify with patients who are fighting the same battles & share the same hope. We're all in it together, tied together by a common bond, asked to endure a diagnosis we would have otherwise said we couldn't handle.” - Justin Ozuna, CML Patient and Dallas/Fort Worth facilitator for The National CML Society, The fruit of leukemia: Life-changing perspectives, (August 22, 2012)

"Most patients with MDS are older individuals, 65 and up, more frequently males, and they may or may not have had prior history of exposure." - Interview with MDS Section Chief Guillermo Garcia-Manero, M.D., Myelodysplastic syndrome: What you need to know  (August 3, 2012)

"My advice to others is share this ordeal with family and friends. They really do care. Do not hesitate to tell people about your diagnosis and treatment. Do not try to go it alone. It is too hard." - Charles Friedman, M.D., AML and BMT patient, My Advice, (July 31, 2012)

“Being able to talk openly about my frustrations with cancer has exposed me to an entirely different world I didn't know existed.” - Justin Ozuna, CML Patient and Dallas/Fort Worth facilitator for The National CML Society, What cancer has taught me: emotional health begins with communication (May 31, 2012)

“A diagnosis of leukemia didn't necessarily mean I was going to live a shortened life, it simply meant I had to run smarter, more effectively, and with purpose.” - Justin Ozuna, CML Patient and Dallas/Fort Worth facilitator for The National CML Society, What cancer has taught me: life is a marathon (May 14, 2012)

“I'd soon find out that it wasn't the leukemia itself that was burdensome; it was the unexpected cost of managing a chronic illness that led me astray.” - Justin Ozuna, CML Patient and Dallas/Fort Worth facilitator for The National CML Society, Unmasking a History of Non-Compliance (April 2, 2012)

“Acceptance became the only thing that I could control.” - Justin Ozuna, CML Patient and Dallas/Fort Worth facilitator for The National CML Society, Life Through Headphones (March 14, 2012)

“I'm glad it's happened now. It's changed my whole life. I have something to live for," - Harry Moore, Leukemia Patient, When Harry Met Marie (February 14, 2012)

“The thing I want to stress is that the doctors and staff at MD Anderson are the best.” - Holly Easley, MDS Patient, Tips for Newcomers at MD Anderson (January 24, 2012)

“An acute leukemia diagnosis can make you feel as if the world has stopped -- for you, the patient, and for your loved ones.” - Sarah Cook, Department of Social Work, Learning to Cope with Leukemia (January 19, 2012)

“[Cancer] taught us to not only look at my personal misfortune of having had multiple cancers, but to look outside our box to see what we can do to help others.” - Kenneth Woo, Hodgkin's Lymphoma and AML survivor and Anderson Network volunteer, A Channel of Blessings (June 6, 2011) 

“I told him I would be the poster boy for beating MDS." - Jerry Reidy, MDS Patient, MDS Patient 'Looks Like a Million Bucks' (December 1, 2010)


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