Philadelphia Positive

Today is the day.

Today is my "anniversary" or "birthday" if you will. Cancerversary?

Today marks one year exactly from the day I was diagnosed with Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia. (CML)

Today is a day to celebrate my one year mark of survival.

Today is also International CML Awareness Day.

Today... 9-22 is significant because it is the chromosomes 9 and 22 which mutate and cause CML. This is called a Philadelphia positive chromosome.

Today is a good day because I'm still here and I'm happy there is a chemo pill I take every day that keeps my Leukemia chronic and not aggressive.

I wish I wasn't alone today. I wish there were others with me. I wish someone could celebrate this special "Life Day" with me.


  1. Hi Elizabeth,

    I apologize for posting this on your blog, I just didn’t know how else to contact you! My name is Linda and I’m the production assistant for an online health community called WEGO Health ( I came across your blog while doing some research into the online Blood Cancer community. I was so impressed with the great resource you have created for the greater Blood Cancer community.

    Just wanted to drop you a quick note because we recently launched a new video platform called and are in the process of building a Blood Cancer Channel featuring the advice, information and wisdom of Health Activists like yourself. I think you would be an excellent addition to the channel and I would love to chat with you about possibly creating a video with us!

    Please check out our site; and get back to me at your convenience if you have any interest.

    I know this note is a little out of the blue and I understand if it’s not something you would be interested in, but I didn’t want you to miss out on the opportunity.


    Production Assistant
    WEGO Health

    1. Hi Linda,
      No need to apologize for posting a comment to my blog. That's why I have commenting open. I am most interested in your offer. If I can be any assistance to anyone facing the issues of blood cancer, I am happy to do so. I will email you asap!


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