Tue. May 26th, 2020

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Leukemia symptoms and famous people

6 min read

This is the color of the ribbon for all the leukemia.

Leukemia is cancer that has to do with white blood cells. White blood cells help you fight infection. Blood cells are found in your bone marrow. The bone marrow produces abnormal white blood cells. These cells crowd out the healthy blood cells. Making it hard for the blood to do its work. Leukemia can develop fast or slow.

Left is what your blood looks like when you don’t have Leukemia. The right is what your blood looks like with Leukemia.

What are the symptoms of Leukemia:

  1.  Unknown bleeding
  2. Swelling on body
  3. Aching at the soles of my feet
  4. General weakness
  5.  loss of potassium and a high fever
  6. Cough
  7. Weight loss
  8. Headaches


Other names for leukemia:

Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML): is a cancer of the myeloid line of blood cells, characterized by the rapid growth of abnormal cells that build up in the bone marrow and blood that interfere with normal blood cells. AML progresses rapidly and is typically fatal within weeks or months if left untreated.

This what cells of AML look like .

Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML): is also known as chronic myelogenous leukemia. It’s a type of cancer that starts in the blood-forming cells of the bone marrow and invades the blood. About 15% of leukemias in adults are CML

this is what CML cells look like

Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL): is a type of cancer of the blood and bone marrow — the spongy tissue inside bones where blood cells are made. The word “acute” in acute lymphocytic leukemia comes from the fact that the disease progresses rapidly and creates immature blood cells, rather than mature

This what ALL cells look like.

Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL): is the most common leukemia in adults. It’s a type of cancer that starts in cells that become certain white blood cells (called lymphocytes) in the bone marrow. The cancer (leukemia) cells start in the bone marrow but then go into the blood.

This what CML cells look like.













Famous people that have leukemia:


The first Person is Evan Handler. He was Diagnosed at 24 with acute myeloid leukemia (AML), he wasn’t expected to live.  He recently talked with Everyday Health about his recovery process and what he’d like to share with other people about battling deadly illnesses.

This is Evan Hardler.

The second person is Jill Clayburgh.  She’d had chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) for 21 years. She passed way on November 5, 2010.

This was Jill Clayburgh before she got sick.

                               This show swelling for leukemia.

This swelling in the face is how we found out Evie had cancer when she was 7 years old.

Leukwmia can end in death depending when your doctor spots it. if its early then you might live. if they dont catch it early then it can end in death. Leukemia will do a lot and make you fell super sick like you dont want to anything or go anywhere. Leukemia can hit some people really hard and familys. the best way to get over it can be to around your family.

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