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BY Lillian Dooies

Some people work all of their adult lives anticipating the joys of retirement. Planned retirement can be very exciting.

But unplanned retirement — particularly due to a cancer diagnosis — can be overwhelming. My acute myeloid leukemia diagnosis forced me to take an early retirement from teaching seventh grade civics in 2013. But everything in life is an adjustment. This was just one more.

Although it took a little while...

Acute myeloid leukemia survivor Lillian Dooies

BY Lillian Dooies

I first came to MD Anderson in January 2013, after being diagnosed in Florida with acute myeloid leukemia. I didn’t know it at the time, but...

BY Lillian Dooies

Packing for a hospital stay is never an easy task. Unless your family can bring items from home or make a run to the corner store, you need...

BY Lillian Dooies

I am a thriver, a bone marrow transplant survivor. I can say this because of the support of my family, friends, doctors at MD Anderson and my bone marrow donor. The latter were total strangers to me until I was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) in January 2013.

At my Florida doctor’s recommendation, I traveled to MD Anderson with my oldest daughter, Shannon, and a dear friend. After a lot of testing, my doctors at MD...