Ever since my leukemia diagnosis five years ago I have tried to be pretty vocal and very available to discuss my treatments, follow up tests, and overall experience. This has given me the opportunity to connect with many patients and their family members and given them a resource of some kind… perhaps a resource of hope.
Last week I elevated my game a little bit and took the official orientation offered by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society for the peer to peer First Connection Program. I have already been operating in that capacity ever since my diagnosis, but it’s nice to have the official LLS stamp of approval for what I have been doing.
The cool thing about this program is that my name will go into a national database for others to pull from. So I could be contacted by someone from literally anywhere in the United States who wants to learn more about my diagnosis and treatments, etc. as they educate themselves and reconcile their own situations. It’s a pretty cool thing.
Of course one doesn’t have to go through First Connection to reach me. It’s just another avenue and an additional way to network. If you are reading this, you know how to find me.
It‘s a pretty cool program. You can read more about it HERE.