Leukemia diary

The calm before the storm

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(Warning: This blog post is non-technical but purely personal. I write openly about my current health issues. This blog might be triggering for people who struggle with, or lost dear ones to, cancer and other similar diseases.) This is the fifth post in a series on my personal road from first signs of leukemia, through diagnosis and treatment, to, hopefully, full recovery. Click here to read all posts in this series. I have fallen a bit behind with my writing. I started writing this on Monday, September 26th, and I hope to finish it on Tuesday, September 27th. But this…

First day in the hospital

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(Warning: This blog post is non-technical but purely personal. I write openly about my current health issues. This blog might be triggering for people who struggle with, or lost dear ones to, cancer and other similar diseases.) This is the fourth post in a series on my personal road from first signs of leukemia, through diagnosis and treatment, to, hopefully, full recovery. Click here to read all posts in this series. I write this on Wednesday, September 21st. My third day as a hospitalized patient on chemotherapy. I was planning to write about the past three days but as I…

A badly timed toothache

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(Warning: This blog post is non-technical but purely personal. I write openly about my current health issues. This blog might be triggering for people who struggle with, or lost dear ones to, cancer and other similar diseases.) Earlier this week I shared with the community the sad news that I have been diagnosed with leukemia. This post is a follow-up on that one. First of all, thanks to all who responded to my blog and tweets about my health issue. I have received lots of responses: here, on twitter, by mail, and through several platforms. I cannot respond to all…

Involuntary break from speaking

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(Warning: This blog post is non-technical but purely personal. I write openly about my current health issues. This blog might be triggering for people who struggle with, or lost dear ones to, cancer and other similar diseases.) I was recently forced to cancel two speaking engagements at the last minute – almost literally the last minute. I have also cancelled all upcoming conferences, and withdrawn submissions for events that had not finalized their session selection yet. And I will not submit to any events for the foreseeable future. This is not something I do lightly. I hate having to cancel…

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