Let’s face it, a cancer diagnosis is probably one of the most challenging events that a person could have during his or her lifetime. But, what if it happens AGAIN? Cancer patient and advocate Carol Preston was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia in 2006, and then was left blindsided with a second diagnosis of a rare soft tissue sarcoma in 2017.
Carol’s sarcoma diagnosis “came out of the left field”. She anticipated maybe a relapse, or melanoma (a common byproduct of CLL patients), or a blood cancer (such as multiple myeloma)—but, a sarcoma? It was the least expected outcome by far.
Through her years of experience with her cancers, she has a notable takeaway for anyone going through something similar:
Carol looks forward to the day when she is no longer a “professional patient” and doesn’t see her calendar covered with doctor’s appointments, as many can relate. Watch the full video here.
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Myeloma Crowd Editorial Contributor, Nursing student, and cancer advocate.