Friday morning, and after eating two pieces of dark rye bread with extra virgin olive oil and a banana on it, I went for my two-mile walk. As I looked to the western sky, I saw dark clouds that were moving from west to east. Thinking it may rain, I increased my walking pace so as to complete my walk before the rain started. As I sit here writing, I can hear the soft sounds of falling rain hitting my roof, and looking at the street, I see the little puddles of water, moving in a perfect round circle, as the rain falls upon them. It certainly is a wonderful time to be alive, seeing the beauty around me, the sun shining brightly, one day, and now the gentleness of the rain falling, bringing life to all that is around me.

How common is CLL?

Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) is the most common type of leukemia in adults. Some may think that children can get CLL, but that is not so. Children do not get CLL, unfortunately, they more often than not, get a very aggressive Leukemia; acute lymphoblastic leukemia (AML), and  acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL), are just a few. I haven’t even mentioned the lymphoma cancers, like  non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL), that affect children under 15 years of age. Children don’t get CLL, it is usually reserved for the elderly, although I often see more and more people in their 40’s and 50’s getting this dreaded cancer now. There are currently and estimated 100,000 plus people living with or are in remission from CLL, and about 15,000 people living in the USA are expected to be diagnosed with it this year.

Once you find that you have CLL, the first  thing you should do is to find a doctor who is experienced in treating CLL, or who is working with a specialists in this field. This type of specialist is usually called a hematologist oncologist. Your treatment will be based on several factors, such as what stage you are at, your physical condition, and lab results, and your overall health. Hopefully, if you are like me, you will be on watch and wait, for as long as possible. I like being on w&w, unlike some who want chemotherapy as quick as possible. It is my mindset, right or wrong, that once you start chemo, the clock starts ticking. I do realize that it ticking for me right now, but you can read time of therapy to death, with actual recorded results. So I figure that the longer I can go without chemo, the better it is. I know it is silly, but we all make decisions on what we think and believe, resulting in  sometimes being right, and sometimes not.

Well I thought I would continue where I left off yesterday.

Recognizing Our Needs:

If we are going to really understand who we are, we must learn to recognize our needs on a daily basis. As a three-part being (body – soul – spirit) we have corresponding needs that must be met each day in order to live a healthy, functional life.

The first of these needs is physical. Because we have a physical body, we obviously have a set of physical needs that must be met daily in order to continue living. Obvious needs such as air, food, and water fall into this category. Not as obvious, but also needed daily to continue living, is the need for the electrochemical balance with in the body.This simply means that the various systems within the body are working together without disease or injury. Lets summarize all our physical needs by the word “health”.

Second, in addition to our needs for physical health, we also must recognize the needs of our soul. We are more than just a physical being, therefore, we have more than just physical needs. As a soul or a person, we also have a set of personal needs that have to be met daily. A common mistake in trying to understand our needs, is to overlook the fact that we actually have personal needs. Because we are a person, we are going to have personal needs that must be met on a daily basis. Lets summarize our personal needs with the term “worth.” Everyday we need to know that we are personally worthwhile in order to live and function on a personal level. We may also refer to the need for personal worth as the need for self-esteem or positive self-regard.

Third, we must also recognize the fact that as spirit beings we also have a set of spiritual needs. This category of needs corresponds to our spiritual life and is best described as “the need to love others as Christ did.” These spiritual needs always have to do with realizing our full potential in Christ to minister to others. We can summarize our spiritual needs with the term “to love”.

Monday, Lord willing, NEEDS OF MAN.

Again, I want to thank Church in the Woods, for all of the information they readily make available, it has made it easier for me to be able to group together, and make an outline of these important truths.

Recent research into chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) has led to significant advancements in the understanding of this disease. Research continues on multiple fronts to develop better treatments for patients. It is my hope that some of the information that you read here will help in your understanding of this disease.