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Welcome! You’re asking, why a blog, and why the “C” word?

About May 1, 2002 the status of my disease, acute promyelocytic myleogenous leukemia (APML), went into a status of “in complete remission with no evidence of the disease.” On May 1, 2007, I will have five years disease free (while in complete remission with … etc.).

My providers wouldn’t allow me to use the “C” word until at least the five year disease free mark. And I’ll always be a survivor with no evidence of the disease (they told me that it statistically never reoccurs after about year three). But to celebrate the five year anniversary, I’m using the “C” word — cured.

This blog celebrates the beginning of my change of status to that ultimate “c” word – CURED. It commemorates the five years of diagnosis, treatment, recovery, and life that lead up to this point.

So, hopefully this blog will:

  • Celebrate and commemorate the five years of complete remission, and the change of my status to “cure”
  • Give readers insight into my diagnosis, treatment, recovery, remission and cure from APML
  • Go through the history of my diagnosis and treatment that I’ve spoken about in talks to TNT audiences
  • Identify some of the people who helped me and were support during the treatment and recovery
  • Provide insight to why I will be training, fundraising and running a marathon for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society with Team in Training
  • Introduce some of the reasons why I run beyond my condition — the people who have leukemia/lymphoma, some of the people we have lost, and others
  • Have readers how they can help to have more people find the cure to their condition….
  • Ecourage donations!

It also will commemorate my journey to complete a marathon, the San Rock N Roll Marathon on June 3, 2007. I will do the marathon to raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Periodic updates on that status will be provided here. (It also raises yet another “C” word that can be applied — CRAZY.)

So check out the various categories to find posts and see what’s happened. Feel free to leave a comment, particularly if you’re mentioned in that post (and you’ll know who you are.) Or send me an email at theCword@gmail.com.

Or if you’re so inclined, donate to my marathon fundraiser to help find more cures and better treatments for all types of blood related cancers at http://www.active.com/donate/tntsvmb/gktimmons



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  1. hi gregg i have two daughters both being diagnosed within a month of each other, my eldest who is 28 has apml, only symptoms were unexplained bruising on her legs and arms, unknown to any of us she was in a critical position, they rushed her from our local hospital to freeman hospital, newcastle england, they have been treating her with atra and arsnic, she was kept in for a month and had very little side affects, apart from vision problems, and her face swelt up they thought it could be mumps, she is comming up to day 60 and will be having bone marrow extracted on the 12th of january, as you can imagine we are anxious but hopefully we will get good results, my other daughter who is 21 was diagnosed on the10th dec with hodgkins lymphoma she has just had her second treatment, and is waiting for her hair to come out, what are the chances of both kids being diagnosed with blood disorders in such a short time, well ive read all your blogs etc and admire you for what you are doing, im pleased i found you and know that there is a light at the end of this tunnel,

    god bless denise

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