Monday, March 7, 2011

Cipro/Leukemia Update

Well, it has been almost a month since I was diagnosed with CML, Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia, and other than being "tired", I am doing pretty well. My white cells are in the normal range which is a great thing, but my platelets and red cells are down at the bottom of the barrel. Will be testing blood again tomorrow. Guess this is now a weekly routine.

Looking back at my initial side effects to Cipro it almost seems impossible to comprehend that they were by far worse than anything that this CML has thrown at me! Crazy, huh? Leukemia is life threatening and Cipro Poisoning makes you feels as though you want to die. The pain and suffering that I experienced with Cipro almost made me not want to live, leukemia has made me want to fight to live.

I must say that my Cipro symptoms have subsided drastically during the past  11 months. The only real issues that I still have are in the balls of my feet and the joints in my toes. I tough one for a dancer! Somehow I have managed to dance through the cipro poisoning and now I shall be dancing through leukemia. I truly believe that my stubborn tenacious nature  has helped me to endure and thrive despite all of these roadblocks.

Hard to believe that the guy upstairs didn't think that I already had enough to yadda, yadda about. For those of you interested in following my CML story I have started another blog: Dancing My Way Through Leukemia. Thanks for listening and all of your support. Hope all of you are gaining in your own personal battle against Floroquinilone Poisoning!


  1. Great news, Michelle, to hear of your progress. I hope that soon all of the bad stuff is behind you. I once had a doctor tell me that if he had to choose a disease to have, it would be chronic leukemia! Of course that was 50 years ago, but I have known many with it who have lived normal lives. My PN is doing OK as long as the freezing feet don't start up. I really think I'm feeling a lot better since I have disontinuted Effexor and Lyrica. The brain fog I get from meds is too much for me to handle! Keep on dancing, girl! Now I'm going to go check out your new blog!! Hugs, Joyce

  2. Thanks, Joyce
    Glad you are feeling better!

  3. Michele,
    You are so amazing. I wish you all the best with your treatments and recovery. I will follow you on your new blog. So glad to hear the cipro symptoms are subsiding for you. Mine are slowly improving. I think it just takes time to totally get out of our systems.
    Good luck!

  4. That is great news Terri. I often wonder if it will ever be out of our systems! And I am hardly amazing, but thanks, I find myself quite ordinary with extraordinary luck in being in the 5% of unlucky medical issues!