I was interviewed by Prevention magazine to share some of my emotional experiences when I was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia in 2005 and what I learned that helped me cope, primarily through the early part of my journey when I was asked to “Watch and Wait.” The article also includes helpful information from an oncologist that treats CLL and links to an insightful Emotional Impact Report and other resources.
I hope you, whether a patient or a caregiver, find my tips and the rest of the brief article of assistance in handling your CLL/SLL emotional rollercoaster. Here is the Prevention magazine link: What Makes Being Diagnosed with CLL So Surprising.
Stay strong. We are all in this together.
Brian Koffman MDCM (retired) MS Ed (he, him, his)
Co-Founder, Executive VP, and Chief Medical Officer
CLL Society, Inc.