23 Jun '15, 4pm

"Yes, I have MDS, but MDS does not have me." -Shirley #AwarenessWeek

"Yes, I have MDS, but MDS does not have me." -Shirley #AwarenessWeek

About 21/2 years ago I was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS ) a disease that has no cure except for a transplant, which takes a year or more out of your life. The statistics for survival and/or a good quality of life afterwards can be grim. When did this all start? For several months, I had been having low white blood cell counts and was bruising from just a slight bump on my arms and legs. My oncologist ordered a bone marrow biopsy and we found bone marrow failure with 10% rogue cells, which were programmed incorrectly and reproducing themselves. He based the diagnosis on those results. At the time of my diagnosis, my spouse, Jim, and I had been retired eight years as professors from the University of Arizona and we were enjoying a busy lifestyle. We had just finished writing, producing and directing our last of ten variety/dinner/shows at SaddleBrooke, our re...

Full article: http://www.aamds.org/patient-chronicles/shirley-o%E2%80%9...

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