Reverend Stanley Copeland
Annual Report - 1996-1997
Chronic myelogenous leukemia, 1986
Interferon for five years
Graduated from Centenary College in Shreveport, St. Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, MO., and received doctorate from United Theology Seminary in Dayton, Ohio; senior pastor for Pollard United Methodist Church in Tyler, married, two children
Family outings, golf, tennis, hunting, fishing, swimming
"I'd gone for a regular medical checkup in the spring of 1986 when the doctor found a problem with my blood, then he told me I had chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML). A few months later, I went to M. D. Anderson for an evaluation and learned there was a clinical study for patients with CML. After I took daily deep muscle injections of interferon for five years, the marker for my disease had disappeared. I haven't had any other treatment, and my doctor at M. D. Anderson says I'm doing fine and should remain in remission. Actually, I've never really felt sick. I think my experience with CML has helped me in providing counsel and comfort to my parishioners over the years. Certainly, I am most grateful for continuing good health."