William Lyons

Age: Adult
Association: Patient
Region: Shelbyville, Kentucky
Cancer: Acute Myeloid Leukemia

"I knew something was wrong when the nurse had entered at 9:00 pm and said my hematologist was on the way."

On February 12, 2019, I was admitted to the emergency room after learning through my primary care doctor that I had a hemoglobin of 3. For almost a month, I had been really tired with headaches, fevers, and seeing spots in my vision. I kept returning to my family doctors and after examination, it was thought I had influenza or pneumonia. I continued to have headaches and assumed I had a simple sinus infection. Not knowing anything else was wrong I continue with my normal day-to-day activities of going to class and working out at the gym. Once I had to check in to the emergency room, doctors and nurses were astonished that with a hemoglobin count that low, the lowest they had seen it in a non-trauma situation.  I was admitted overnight where I received nine units of blood. The next morning, I was scheduled for a bone marrow biopsy to see what was wrong. After recovering during the day I was enjoying a movie and being with family while I stayed overnight and awaited my results. I knew something was wrong when the nurse had entered at 9:00 pm and said my hematologist was on the way. Once my doctor arrived he broke the news, I had Acute Myeloid Leukemia. After being told this I thought my life was over. The next day I had a Hickman line placed and began chemotherapy that evening. Part of my bone marrow tissue was sent for further genetic testing, the results indicated that even in full remission my leukemia would return. Accepting that fact, a bone marrow transplant was suggested. Now I just finished my second round of chemo and awaiting my transplant later in June.