The Diagnosis

myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) with 5q- syndrome


What It Is

MDS is a type of cancer of the bone marrow. The bone marrow is not capable of producing complete red blood cells. While there a several types of MDS, with varying degrees of severity, I am fortunate to have 5q-, which is probably the least severe, as it develops into leukemia in only 10% of patients. (see Medical News Today).


How is 5q- Special?

In 5q- syndrome, the 5th chromosome in the bone marrow has been deleted. This causes the red blood cells to be prevented from maturing. Because of this, the body thinks it doesn't have enough iron, and begins to store iron. 



My View of the Condition

This diagnosis came as a surprise. I am grateful for the experts who have discovered unusual diseases. I am eternally grateful to God for His care over me. He has given me peace of mind, and a hope for tomorrow and for all the tomorrows I may have! My times are in His hands.


What's Next?