Ann (on the left) was a hospital volunteer who taught me to knit while I got poisoned with Arsenic
Interesting Health Facts About Me
1. I received 60 infusions of the investigational drug Arsenic after my second relapse with leukemia when I was 17. I decided to learn to knit from a very kind hospital volunteer named Ann to help pass the time during long infusions. Other patients receiving the lethal poison dropped dead without warning.
☼ Here’s why I was intentionally poisoned with Arsenic: My team of doctors had absolutely NO IDEA how to continue treating me after I relapsed following my first bone marrow transplant, which was supposed to “fix” everything, so they poisoned me.
2. You can actually taste saline in the back of your throat as saline is being flushed into your central line.
☼ Here’s why: Your central line hanging outside of your chest goes directly inside your body and thus the taste of the salty fluid saline floats up to your taste buds.
3. My blood type over the years has changed from O Positive to O Negative and then back to O Positive.
☼ Here’s why: My first unrelated bone marrow transplant in 2000 at age 16 changed my blood type to the donor’s blood type which was O Negative. Two years later, my second unrelated bone marrow transplant in 2002 at age 18, this time from a different person, switched my blood type back to my donor’s blood type of O Positive. Silly as it sounds, I was relieved to be “Positive” again.
4. One of my doctors lightheartedly suggested that I intentionally break the law because blood at the scene of a crime would be difficult to trace back to me.
☼ Here’s why: Due to all of my transfusions over the years of different blood products, including plasma, platelets and bone marrow, my blood makes identifying one sole owner extremely problematic. Despite my doctor’s unique humorous suggestion, I have no plans to ever do anything of the sort!