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Leukemia Treatment Patient Stories

Neal Kiner

Leukemia

Neal Kiner

Leukemia

I’m about to turn 84, feel good, and look much younger than my years.

My wife Alice and I have been married 54 years and live in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. We have two sons, a daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren.

A Surprise Diagnosis

In April 2020, a routine blood test showed that my white blood cell count had dropped. At first, my general practitioner thought I had a vitamin B12 deficiency and gave me injections and supplements for a few months. When my counts didn’t improve, I was referred to an oncologist.

Heather Walters

Leukemia

Heather Walters

Leukemia

As 29, Heather Walters was shocked to learn she was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia, or ALL, in July 1998. Healther sought treatment at the Fox Chase Cancer Center-Temple University Hospital Bone Marrow Transplant program, where she underwent chemotherapy followed by a bone marrow transplant. After a successful surgery, Healther returned to working full-time as a physician assistant and returned to running. "I feel like my old self again," she said. "I continue to run for exercise, fun, and competition, though I do trail races much more than road races. I enjoy spending any free time outside, including running, hiking, biking, skiing, and even walking with our dogs."

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