Michael C. • Port St. Lucie, FL

I am thankful to blood donors because...

I am thankful to blood donors because they are true heroes to kids like me. I was 13 years old when I my lymph nodes swelled to the size of a lemon. I thought I just had a bad cold or flu but when I didn't get better my mom took me to a doctor who ordered a blood test. The blood test showed that my white blood cell count was high and my platelet level was low. I didn't really know what that meant and the next thing I know I was going to another doctor who did another blood test and found the leukemia blast cells. I was in shock. I never thought I'd be diagnosed with cancer. I spent the next three weeks in the hospital getting chemotherapy blood and platelets. My life became a whirlwind of bone marrow tests and spinal exams and about two months later I was told I was in remission. I tried not to get too excited about it because I know I am not cured. I still have two more phases of interim maintenance ahead of me which means I'll need more blood and platelets in the future. I am thankful to blood donors because without them I may not be able to beat cancer.

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