I am Amanda, a thirty year old mother of two young children. I have a blood cancer called Acute Myeloid Leukemia, type 3, known as Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia.
I was diagnosed in July of 2015 when I was 11 weeks pregnant with my third child. I was immediately admitted into the hospital, where I spent 28 days with low levels of red and white blood cells, platelets and hemoglobin. At the time of my diagnosis, I had a less than two week time period of doctors not being able to save me from hemorrhaging in the inside of my body. After being admitted into the hospital, I immediately began receiving chemotherapy treatments and blood transfusions as well as platelets to bring my blood levels out of a critical stage.
I never received a blood transfusion before the matter and I did not realize how ESSENTIAL donating blood is to saving someone’s life until I was in NEED of blood transfusions every week to save my life. Blood donors are heroes; I am PROUD to say that a blood donor contributed to saving my life.