Name: Luis M. (lmonzon)
Member Since: July 27, 2010
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Instant messaging: Twitter:@LuyMonzon
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Birthday: October 12, 1984
Profile: Cancer Survivor
Type of Cancer: Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: T-Cell A.L.L.
Diagnosis Date: October 1, 2009
Radiation: Radiation Therapy
Chemotherapy: Adriamycin (Doxorubicin), Cyclophosphamide (Cytoxan), Methotrexate (Folex, Mexate, Amethopterin), Vincristine (Oncovin, Vincasar PFS)
Bone Marrow Transpant: Yes
What I Hate Most About Cancer: Cancer robs individuals of their God-given right to live.
What I Have Learned From Cancer: I've learned humility and patience. I have also gained a greater appreciation for my family and friends.
Things My Supporters Can Do To Help: Become a bone marrow donor, donate blood or both. Consider volunteering as well! :)
Cancer Drugs Positives & Negatives: Cancer drugs cause many unpleasant side-effects but ultimately they save your life.
Gift Friends or Family Could Give You: Thoughts, prayers and an occasional "How ya doin'?"
Cancer Center: Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL
Tips for others on how to deal with the physical side effects of chemo/cancer: Be vocal and an active participant in your treatment. Voice your concerns to your treatment team. Every question is a good question.
Tips for others on how to deal with the mental struggles of chemo/cancer: Try not to focus on "why did this happen to me?" Focus on getting better and what you want to do to "pay it forward" once you are well. Remember, this is only temporary.
End of Treatment Date: September 10, 2010
Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia symptoms: Easily fatigued, night sweats, bone/joint pain, petichae (red spots on face/through-out body), weight-loss, loss of appetite.
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: PICC Line & Hickman Line placement.
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: An assortment of chemo drugs administered through an IV, spine and orally from Oct. 2009 - June 2010:
Side-effects: Nausea, Vomiting, loss of appetite, EXTREME fatigue, loss of muscle mass, mouth-sores, headaches, inability to concentrate (a.k.a. Chemo-brain), hair-loss, altered mood, bone pain.
Radiation or Proton Therapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: Total Body Irradiation, 8/10/10-8/13/10. Felt a little tired. Make sure you eat well prior to radiation treatments. I got a little "sun burn."
Bone Marrow Transplant Description, Dates & Side Effects: Unrelated Allogeniec Stem-Cell Transplant
August 18th, 2010
Mucositis (Mouth Sores)
Nausea, Diarrhea, Vomiting
Change in taste