Margaret wrote this heart-wrenchingly honest and lucid account of her young husband’s passing soon after his chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) went bad and transformed to Richter’s Syndrome or Transformation. Not everyone who develops Richter’s has such a grim story, but sadly too many still do.
While not a CLL story, Dr. Yan Leyfman is one of the few survivors of radiation poisoning from Chernobyl in the former Soviet Union. He shares his amazing story about his family’s advocating for his care, including leaving his homeland to get medal care.
We lost a CLL friend, advocate, and scholar to COVID-19. I am heartbroken and not sure where to start my personal tribute. Tom Henry was a special person, active in multiple forums, extraordinarily generous in sharing his wisdom as a pharmacist, faith, and hard-earned experience as a CLL patient.
These are indeed uncharted waters. There is the obvious risk of ventilators and death with everyone we encounter a possible unwitting carrier of the virus. For those of us who are both older and immunocompromised, there is a psychological element to all this that is underestimated.