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A Mom’s Cancer Chronicles:
5 Common Symptoms Of AML Leukemia


The longer I sit here fighting for my life and battling AML Leukemia I can’t help but want to spread the word about this horrible disease. If my post can save a life by sharing what I have learned then I feel I can sleep better at night. I’m not trying to scare anyone. Chances are you or your loved ones don’t have cancer but as I have quickly learned, life can change in an instant and you don’t want to sit around and wait until it’s too late to fight. What if you are next? Wouldn’t you want to catch it early.

I beg you to be proactive, get regular scheduled blood tests called (CBC) a complete blood count, pay attention to your body, don’t write off an ache or pain because it only happened a few times and went away, your body is talking to you. Listen. Take action. See a doctor, push for answers, get that extra test. Maybe it is nothing but if you sit back and wait because you are just “too busy” to worry it might be too late and I promise you, you won’t be busy when you sit countless days in the hospital. You will have plenty of time to think about all the signs you were just too “busy” to pick up the phone and call and make an appointment to check out your random issue.

Before I share the symptoms let me just say these are the common ones but over my 7 month stay here at Johns Hopkins I have learned these are not the only ones. There are many other random scenarios where patients who walk these halls found out they have cancer. Also, you don’t have to have ALL of these symptoms.. just one could end up being your red flag.

Here’s a list with help from my nurses and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

1. Not Feeling Well

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You might get pains in the arms, legs and hips. These pains are caused by fewer normal bone marrow cells. For me, I had bone marrow..and I mean severe bone pain in my arm. You may have a mild fever, enlarged lymph nodes or swollen gums.