How to Cope and Find Hope

When family physician Brian Koffman, MDCM, noticed a few lumps on the back of his neck in 2005, he didn’t think much of them. He ordered some blood tests on himself, just in case.

Within a week, Dr. Koffman learned that he had a particularly aggressive type of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), a cancer of the blood and bone marrow. He knew enough about CLL to realize his outlook wasn’t good.

“I had this disease that’s incurable, that had no good treatments, and that had a terrible prognosis,” he recalls. “It was a very difficult time for me emotionally.”

So many worries ran through his mind. Would he live to see all four of his children get married? Would he get the chance to meet his grandchildren?

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