911 dispatcher / Acute Leukemia

My name is Carolyn Miller.  I am 49 years old, and work as a 911 dispatch supervisor, as I have for the past 20 years.  Prior to that, I worked as a full-time police dispatcher for Redlands PD and Rialto PD in California.   I am a single mother of 3 teen-aged kids Gracie - 17,and twins Dalton and Delaney - 13.  I do shared parenting with their father.  Like most people,  I live paycheck to paycheck. 

On March 29th, I had a stroke, which has left some weakness in my left arm.  I was placed off work during recovery from my stroke, which depleted my accrued sick and vacation time.  On May 1st, I went to the emergency room with chest pains and difficulty breathing.  I was also badly bruised, and feared I might have a blood clot.  I was transferred from Logan hospital to Ohio State/James cancer hospital because of some irregularities with my blood work.  I underwent a bone marrow biopsy on April 30th.  On May 1st, I was diagnosed with Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia (APL).   Although the prognosis for this form of Leukemia is good (90% survival rate), it requires 2 years of chemotherapy (with Arsenic).  The first 28+ days are inpatient.  Then treatments are 5x a week upon discharge, for 1 year. The chemo continues for 1 additional year, for a total of 2 years (barring any complications).  My doctor said I  only had days to live when I was diagnosed.

I am currently using FMLA time through my employer (without pay).  I have applied for temporary disability, but have been told it can take 4-5 months to process.  In the meantime,  I still have a family to support, and bills to pay.

I am asking for support in assisting with bills, food, transportation costs, and living expenses.  Every little bit helps!  If all you can spare is a prayer, I would be happy with that, as well!  Thank you for taking the time to read this post.  God bless!
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Carolyn Burns Miller
Logan, OH

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