Survivorship Archive

Some things to ponder on World CML Day

*UPDATED 9/22/17 – This blog post first appeared in September 2105.  Today, 9/22, is a day known well among those of us in the CML community. It’s a day set aside for awareness activities and a time to call attention to the many challenges faced by anyone living with Chronic Myeloid Leukemia. Over the past

Turning Awareness into Action.

Throughout the month of September, blood cancer awareness activities and events have been going on around the world. Just days ago on 9/22, we observed the “Super Bowl” of awareness for the Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML) community with World CML Day. The collective hope is that someone, somewhere, would learn more about CML and better

How much do you want to remember? A survivor reflects on her cancer anniversary

I forgot my cancer anniversary this year.  Somehow, the date that that is forever embedded in my memory slipped my mind.  My children reminded me of this over dinner except they called it my birthday causing me to stare at them perplexed.  They stared back at me and asked, “Isn’t today, like, your birthday or

Connection. It’s Priceless to Say the Least!

For most of us, it is not too difficult to recall a time in life when we felt left out, misunderstood, or alone. As human beings we long for a connection with others. Connection strengthens us; helps us face life’s challenges; and deepens our appreciation for those who share common interests and experiences. When we’re

High Flyin’ Survivor

We recently had the opportunity to take some time to get to know NCMLS friend, Kim Collum McGinnis and hear how a Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia diagnosis has changed her life. It was May 2009 when she received the diagnosis of CML and found herself spiraling downward into one of the toughest times in her life.