By. Erika Heeren
Today’s survivor story is about Melanie Floris.
Melanie is a leukemia and bone marrow transplant survivor. In November of 2010, Melanie suffered a seizure while driving.
While at the emergency room, doctors found a tumor on the right side of her brain. After undergoing a multitude of other tests, her doctors also discovered that her myeloblasts (or a certain type of white blood cells) were high, and had to perform a bone marrow biopsy.
Her results returned with the diagnosis of Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). AML is a form of Leukemia that can progress more quickly than other forms leukemia.
Nearly 20,000 new patients will be affected by AML in 2016.
In February of 2011, Melanie was in full remission and her brain tumor is gone. Shortly thereafter, she received a bone marrow transplant from an unrelated donor.
After a few complications, setbacks, and struggles – Melanie is celebrating her 5th year of survivorship.
Not only is Melanie a survivor, she’s also a volunteer. Melanie offers hope to fellow patients and survivors through her work with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
On May 21, join us as we celebrate the life of Melanie Forbis and other local neighbors who have beat this cancer. Join us as we also remember those who lost their battle, and those still fighting to survive today.
All proceeds after the event will go to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
We’ll see you in May for a Night in Monte Carlo!