About

I hadn’t been feeling like myself since Thanksgiving and I thought I was just rundown from the baby as he is getting to be extremely energetic. However, on December 21st at 11 pm I knew something was wrong with my body. David was trying to put the baby down as I began screaming due to a horrible pain in my right chest and back. He immediately called an ambulance and his Mom came to watch the baby as we waited help to arrive. They responded pretty fast and before I knew it I was on my way to North Florida Regional Medical Center. Upon arriving the paramedics informed me that there were no beds. In all of my life I had never experienced this kind of pain before, it was excruciating. It was like a knife being jabbed and twisted in my chest and back. Regardless, what that meant for me was that I had to get out of the stretcher they brought me in with and into the waiting room chair with everyone else!!! We waited a good 30 minutes before seeing someone for vitals and then they led me back to my chair to wait some more.

Finally, after about 45 minutes they got me a bed! Although they were still slow about starting my IV. Drawing my blood was another whole ordeal due to the fact that I have the worst veins ever. It took two nurses and 10 needle sticks to get a vein that would draw blood. Luckily the nurse got lucky and started my IV with no problems. After that fiasco they took me to get a CT scan, chest x-ray, and an ultrasound which showed nothing but maybe a little pneumonia. When I got back the nurse informed me they needed to draw more blood ughhhhhhhhh! They said they had a lab error, which I think was just to double-check my really low blood counts, platelets, red blood cells, and white blood cells, and more blood would need to be drawn. Several sticks later that was finally over.

The results came back and the doctor came to speak to me regarding the low counts, which I immediately questioned as being a sign of cancer.  He confirmed it could be Leukemia which David and I could hardly believe.  David immediately began calling his dad who is a pediatric doctor at Shands, another hospital in town, and he began to contact everyone he knew in the Oncology field.  We began the process of transferring hospitals due to the fact that Shands has a ton of specialists and is well known for its cancer center.  After 12 hours in the ER I was transferred.

I spent a brief period of time in the Shands’ ER as a room was prepared at which point I was moved to the hematology and cancer wing.  I began a three day process of blood tests and pain medication which culminated with a bone marrow biopsy on Christmas Eve.  My true journey began Christmas morning when Dr. Brown came into my room and informed me that I had Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia type B.

This blog is a day by day account of my journey to overcome this disease and to help remind me of all the people for which I am fighting.  Especially my beautiful baby boy Bryce who needs his mother and a husband with whom I will grow old and grey.

20 thoughts on “About

  1. David and Diana,

    We just found out about this. We are sorry that your are going through this. You are and will be in our prayers and thoughts. We are sure you will beat Leukemia in this battle.

    I know you already know but please remember “Setbacks are temporary as long as you don’t give up.”

    I love this blog and you are an awesome writer. I am glad that we at Info Tech can be a part of your journey via this blog. Please let me know if there is anything we can do to help.

    Happy New Year!

    take care
    – Usha

    • Usha,

      Thank you very much for your thoughts and prayers. Everyone’s support has been such a huge boost to my spirits! I definitely won’t let this setback bring me down in any way, but will embrace this journey and beat this for my son and family!

      Happy New Year!!!!

      Diana

  2. Diana,

    I am so incredibly inspired by your positivity and spirit. It takes an amazing person to have the kind of determination and strength that you have.

    Know that you are in all of our thoughts and prayers. Please let us know if you need anything at all, or if there’s anything we can do.

    -Alysa

  3. Diana –
    Your words and photographs speak volumes – Thank you so much for sharing your journey! Reading and seeing this truly made my day 🙂 You are such a beautiful and strong young woman!

    All the best,

    Krystal

  4. I’ve only just found your site through another blogger – it caught my eye because 5 years ago this month I found out I was pregnant, later on the same day my husband and I discovered he had CML (chronic myeloid leukemia).

    We have faith in the super clever boffins with their big clever brains working on cures for people like us. Mostly we have faith in life and love.

    I’m going to have a good read through your blog now but just wanted to say thank you for sharing your experience. Keep strong.
    Z

  5. Dear Diana,
    I am Sally’s friend at work. I hope you don’t mind my reading your blog. I am pulling for you. I can’t imagine all the stuff you have to deal with and go through on a daily basis. You are very brave and spirited! I have heard so much about little Bryce, I can see he’s a real charmer.
    You and your family are in my prayers. All the best. Hanne

  6. Hi Diana,

    Thank you for sharing your journey with us and Hope your feeling much better than Y’day. Always remember that this test in life is hard and it will be tough ride as well, but every step of the way it will make you and your family better and better in life.

    Keep your self happy and keep smiling from your heart and I already know your imagining you going out all better with your family which is very good, very true and will become true as well.

    Remember the secret is always feeling good and having the understanding that this shall also pass.

  7. Just stumbled onto your blog. Thanks for bravely sharing your challenge with us, and helping us to remember the things that are truly important in life: health, family and love. Good luck in everything. Bethany Powell

  8. You and your beautiful family are in my prayers! I’m so encouraged by your fighter aditude and your story puts my troubles in there place. Thank you for starting this blog as I read I’m encouraged to keep going. Thank you!!!

  9. You are truly inspirational! Sometimes we take so many things for granted until we stumble upon someone as brave as you which puts a lot of things into perspective. Wishing you a ton of strength to help with your fight.

  10. I was diagnosed with ALL PH+ about a month before you, I just finished my last round of chemo before transplant … which will take place in April. I admire your spirit and strength and look forward to being a survivor with you. If you ever want to talk to someone going through many of the same obstacles don’t hesitate to contact me.

    Niki
    http://www.niki4acure.wordpress.com

  11. We stumbled over here from a different web address and thought I might check things out.
    I like what I see so i am just following you. Look forward
    to looking over your web page for a second time.

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