Every day, acute myeloid leukemia (AML) survivor Erika Evans runs four miles around Lake Austin. Just two years ago she thought she'd never run again. Worse, she thought she might not live.
Erika's AML symptoms
On that same running trail in 2011, Erika felt her first AML symptom: a relentless cough. She assumed it was allergies.
She tried cold medications, but the cough grew worse, until Erika could barely walk short distances without coughing. She decided to see a doctor.
A series of blood test showed she had chronic leukemia. Erika didn't waste a moment. She told her doctor, "Well, at least we can treat it."
Doctors concluded Erika had acute lymphocyte leukemia (ALL) and began chemotherapy. But by the time the treatment was complete, the size of her cancer had doubled. Erika had been misdiagnosed.