In the Face of Adversity

As the saying goes, if life gives you lemons, make lemonade… and that is exactly what Steve did.
He and his wife have been attending 9Health Fair since 2000. Even though they have health insurance, they thought it was a great way to get an overview of their health. They feel it has provided a better overall picture of what’s going on with their health and has given them a health profile to taketo their doctor each year.
Steve’s numbers have always looked good and he was always pleased to have a clean bill of health. But then, in May of 2011, he received an alert call from a 9Health Fair nurse. This was a surprising call because he always thought he was in such good health. The nurse told him he needed to call his doctor right away.
He quickly got an appointment and after numerous tests, the results showed that Steve had chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). This is a type of cancer that starts from cells which become certain white blood cells (called lymphocytes) in the bone marrow. Therefore, the leukemia cells start in the bone marrow but then go into the blood.
After much research, Steve found out that 15,000 people get this type of cancer a year and 5,000 people die each year from the disease. He did not want to be one of the statistics; he has a beautiful wife, wonderful children and grandkids that bring so much joy to his life.
So he immediately started chemotherapy. After the first treatment, his blood count dropped and by June of 2012, he was in remission. Each treatment made him feel better and better. As a matter of fact, he was doing so well, he remembers eating a cheeseburger during one session of chemo, and then heading out for square dancing right after.
Each day is a blessing for Steve, and he is very thankful for 9Health Fair. If he hadn’t attended the fair that year, he may not have known about the CLL until it was too late since he hadn’t been experiencing any symptoms. Because of 9Health Fair, this was caught early and he was able to start treatment right away.
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