Karin Weidenhammer was 24 years old when she was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia.
She had come down with a sinus infection that persisted. Though we both assumed it was nothing, Karin--a medical assistant at the time--had her blood drawn and sent to the lab as a precaution. The results that sat in the fax machine the next morning were ominous:
Elevated WBC with 92 percent blasts consistent with Acute Leukemia.
Three days later, her parents were there on either side of her bed, unmoving, as the diagnosis was confirmed.