BY Jon Hendren

I’d never heard of myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) before I was diagnosed with it in November 2019. So, I didn’t know it was a bone marrow disorder that could turn into acute myeloid leukemia. 

But I learned very quickly how serious it was after two local oncologists told me I didn’t have much time left. Treatment would only buy me a little more. I thought, “That’s bull crap,” and started looking around for a third opinion....

MDS survivor Jon Hendren on a woody hilltop in Pisgah National Forest in Oct. 2020