So how did I learn that I had leukemia? Through my annual mammogram exam. In May of 2008 my mammogram and sonogram showed enlarged lymph nodes so I was scheduled for a sixth month follow up which I did right before Thanksgiving. I wasn't very concerned because I had been having some urinary tract infections and the health workers said that could be the reason for the enlarged lymph nodes. (Of course, frequent urinary tract infections are also a common side effect of leukemia because your immune system is depressed. So I guess what I am trying to emphasize is that mammograms are very important for more than one type of cancer. Get them early and keep getting them.
The mammogram indicated that I had a type of lymphoma and the biopsy in January confirmed this. And then a MRI test and blood work completed my diagnosis of leukemia.