“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” (Matthew 6:34, NKJ).
Today is C1D1 for me. That stands for “Cycle 1, Day 1,” the first day of the first cycle of a 14-month, clinical trial to treat recurrent chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). CLL is a blood cancer caused by a proliferation of white blood cells called lymphocytes. Healthy lymphocytes produce antibodies that help our bodies fight off infections. Some years ago one of my lymphocytes acquired mutations that caused it to divide out of control. As a result my bone marrow and lymphatic system are crowded with non-functional descendants of that original aberrant lymphocyte. This makes it difficult for my body to make healthy blood cells, and, a result, my immune system is weakened and I am anemic. If left untreated, those cancerous white blood cells will destroy my immune system and my ability to get oxygen to my cells.