Blood Counts aims to shed light on what matters most when it comes to treating blood cancer. Through the sharing of personal stories from patients, caregivers, nurses, doctors and advocates, these real-life accounts of living with multiple myeloma and acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) can provide hope and comfort for others dealing with these diseases.
"I decided right up front that I was going to find the good in my experience no matter what it was."
"I think you get kind of addicted to that serial intimacy that grows out of this kind of profession."
"When I was first diagnosed they told me I had a less than 10% chance of living two years and here it's seven years later..."
"We're actually seeing the future that we were so afraid of. That's what makes me feel so good. That we're growing older together..."
"I think there's this love between friends for everybody, but most times, people don't feel free to express that love until something like cancer happens."
"Although your dad isn’t here to talk about this disease, we are and, hopefully, we can make a difference going forward."
"We learn so much from every patient, every person."
"A family member once asked me after her husband had passed away from a very aggressive cancer, 'Can’t you do better than this?' I’ve always carried that phrase with me."
"But it is fun to watch people get better. That is the thing that really brings me joy and allows me to keep getting up in the morning…"
"Sometimes you've got to be your own advocate, too. You've got to step up and ask some questions and seek some knowledge for yourself."
"The longer you’re taking care of a patient, that care gets better because you get to understand that each patient is their own unique person."
"I wanted to let them know you can trust and believe in your doctor, but that still doesn't mean you shouldn't be engaging in conversations and educating yourself."
"I used to dread my Tuesday myeloma day because it was so hard."
"I, as a patient, feel very excited and I know that there are positive things coming."
"There’s clearly a science – ‘these are the drugs you need to give, and these are the thing you need to do,’ but so much of our visit is just holding somebody’s hand and listening to them."
"My favorite part of the job, though, is to call the patient and tell them that the bone marrow biopsy is clear."
"It's compassion, it's caring, honesty and always some hope."