Hi! I'm Cadence

I was diagnosed with Chronic Myeloid Leukemia on February 12, 2018. This is my story.

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  • Day -5

    Chemo Begins! Drugs taken today: Fludarabine and Busulfan IV’s, Ursodial, Allopurinol, Dexamethasone, Ondansetron, Panatoprazole Sodium, Leviteracetum, Cipofloxacin, Gravol. Today started off hella early. They do bloodwork on the transplant floor at 6am, which at first made me wanna freaking gag since mornings are not my thing (I’m a freaking musician…

  • Day -6

    Today was so much better than I was anticipating! My husband and I stayed at the condo in Toronto last night, after jetting back to Courtice after my CVC line went in where we got to see some of our family for one last big family dinner. My amazing hubby…

  • Day -7

    I’m back and dare I say, with the utmost honesty- better than I have truly been in years. I say that, while I have two super bizarre tubes just hanging out of my chest, with a big grin on my face. I feel good. I got my Central Venous Catheter…

  • Day Limbo 1-3

    Tuesday night when we got home for Toronto, It felt like the sickness I woke up with was invading my entire body at a rapid pace. I couldn’t stop coughing and my face, all around my eyes and underneath felt like it was going to explode. It reminded me of…

  • Day -15

    Today I woke up sick as hell, and I knew trouble was definitely afoot. I either caught Bill’s sickness or picked something up along the way but I am feeling super shitty. My first appointment was at 9, and it was a consult about the total body irradiation process they…

  • Day -16

    Today was a tough but great day. Bill and I drove to St. Agatha to meet with a therapist who we worked with at a weekend retreat before we got married. The main focus of her treatments is IMAGO therapy, which looks at the wounds we carry with us from…

  • Day -18 + Day -17

    Bill woke up on Saturday still sick, and seemed to be getting worse. I have a compromised immune system so I made him go to urgent care so he could get some antibiotics and get it dealt with. I’ve been sleeping on the couch since I came home because I…

  • Day -19

    I got home from Toronto last night, and today was a thoroughly relaxing day. We got up early, and bill took me to St. Annes spa for the day. It was such a nice escape. We both got a massage and foot treatment, and spent the day just relaxing in…

  • Day -20

    I had an appointment this morning with an oncology psychiatric resident, which I opted to introduce as part of my treatments in September. As part of a teaching hospital I often end up with students, fellows and residents performing under the supervision of an acting physician, which I think is…