Options. That's all Richard Ware wanted when he was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), a form of leukemia, in July 2013.
Unfortunately, the doctors he saw in his hometown gave him only one.
"In my first consultation, I felt very rushed into a certain type of treatment program," Richard says. "As I asked questions about how the treatment would affect me, I felt very pressured into this one form of treatment."
When Richard asked about alternative forms of MDS treatment, he was told there weren't any.
He refused to believe that, so he began researching on his own and learned about MD Anderson.
Choosing MD Anderson
for MDS treatment
"I reached out to MD Anderson and was very surprised at how quickly the doctors in the leukemia department got back to me," Richard says.
He recalls how important he felt when the doctors really took an interest into what he wanted. He flew down to Houston for a consultation and instantly felt at home.
"The most important thing in my life is my family, and MD Anderson takes a family approach to the healing process," he says. "They helped me understand what I was going through and gave me the tools to overcome it, which allowed me to get my life back as soon as possible."