Hi ~ Thanks for stopping by. In the writing and online world I’m known as LK Griffie and outside of the writing world and in real life, I’m known as Liana. This site has been set up to provide a place for me to post updates about my journey through chemotherapy so family and friends can check to see how I’m doing, leave words of cheer, and ask any questions, etc.
My journey down the road toward chemotherapy began July 19, 2013, when I received blood results from an unrelated issue indicating I was in the early stages of Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL). Additional blood work confirmed the diagnosis and added small cell non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (SLL) to the diagnosis. After completing scans and a bone marrow biopsy, my doctor and I reviewed the final results November 7th, and in addition to the CLL/SLL there are abnormalities which make chemotherapy a now thing instead of a later thing.
I begin my treatment November 12th, and the course will be one treatment cycle every four weeks for six treatments. My aim is to post how I’m doing — whether good, bad, or horrendous — and hope you will stop by often to check up on me. It’s gonna be a long haul. If you want to leave words of encouragement, ask any questions, or if you’ve been through this and have some tips to help make my journey better, please click the Chats button above and post away.
About the header:
Thanks to DeviantArt’s Thelma1 for creating such an awesome rainbow fractal butterfly (Fly, Fly Away). It was the perfect thing to put in my header. While cancer is a dark topic, and chemotherapy might be a rough road to travel, my base personality is founded on optimism, so rainbows, butterflies, and flowers were the best thing I could think of to symbolize me (and perhaps to remind me when I’m feeling so far from being me). Not that I view everything through “rose-colored glasses”, but roses have always been a symbol for me. They are my birth month flower—beautiful to behold, yet have a layer of protection in the thorns. The wildflowers symbolize optimism and a gritty determination to live no matter the conditions. And the wilted rose in the center is what I’m going through.
**Warning** Any hate-filled posts will be deleted. This is a place for support and to invite open discussion about a difficult journey and there is no room for invective.