I’ve been reluctant to share this, but since it’s now public knowledge, I’m making this personal appeal for your help.
UPDATE: She has gone through 6 months of chemo. Things are not going well. Spleen is enlarged. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers.Donate if you can.
UPDATE 2: Sonnie is still receiving Chemo and has also been getting Steroid Infusions. We Pray that her condition will begin to improve soon.
This is my daughter, Sonnie. She has been battling Pseudotumor Cerebri for a number of years. The constant headaches and nausea, from the excess fluid in her brain, have made life difficult for her. She has trouble sleeping, and it’s hard for her to work, although she goes to work as often as she can. Her doctors have been concerned about other issues over the years, but no test results (other than the Pseudotumor Ceribri) have come back with any definitive answers…until recently. At the age of 28 she was been diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia.
CLL is the most common from of Leukemia but, it’s more common in men and is rarely diagnosed in patients under the age of 70. CLL develops from a type of white blood cell called a B cell. It’s typically slow in it’s progression, which is maybe why it’s common to only be diagnosed in older patients? I’m not sure, but I do know that It causes swollen lymph notes, fatigue, and of course, easy bruising. Treatment plans depend on the age and health of the patient, and the aggressiveness of the illness. At this point, because she is so young, she has had symptoms for so long, and other treatments have been unsuccessful, chemo is the her next step.