Iron-mom: LDS woman battling leukemia finishes Ironman Coeur d’Alene

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  • IRunToFightCancer Denver, CO
    Aug. 17, 2013 4:10 a.m.

    You are so inspiring! I do marathons to fight cancer with The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (Team in Training). Just know that there is always something new on the cancer-fighting front. Deseret News has a 2011 article on a new CLL treatment under the title: 'Amazing therapy wipes out leukemia in study'. And there is a brand new drug, ibrutinib, that has literally melted CLL in one of my friends. It is being fast-tracked by the FDA for release in 2014. Never give up, we have cancer on the run. You are a hero to us all!

  • jeff1927 Longmont, CO
    Aug. 13, 2013 9:33 a.m.

    Thank you Alayna for your great example and to Deseret News for the article!

    I've gone through CLL treatment which for me was very tolerable with minimal impact on my daily schedule. I'm grateful for the existing medical interventions and look forward for further advances in CLL treatment in the days a head!

  • nhsaint PETERBOROUGH, NH
    Aug. 12, 2013 12:31 p.m.

    Congratulations to Alayna, Ironwoman!

    I hope that Alayna is getting Rituxin treatments at this time. Rituxin is being used very successfully to regulate blood counts in CLL patients. Side effects are minimal, as this is NOT chemotherapy. Treatments are only necessary every few years.

    Also, I hope she is on high dosage vitamin A and D, as these have been shown to keep the immune system strong and keep the blood counts low for longer. Someone I love has CLL, and these treatments have allowed him to continue hiking big mountains and remain highly active for 12 years since his diagnosis. No chemo!

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Aug. 12, 2013 8:42 a.m.

    Great article. Best wishes to Alayna. Coeur d'Alene, Idaho is a wonderful place to live; pristine lakes, stunning mountains and forests, clean air and full of wonderful people, mostly conservatives and very few liberals. It can get cold in the winter here though. Last winter we had an arctic blast come down from Canada and it was so cold I actually saw an attorney with his hands in his own pockets that day!