- By Dana Sparks
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Chris Edgerton was working in his garage when he started feeling unusually tired. "I was trying to put a screen up and I just couldn't do it," he tells us. Surprised but not overly concerned, Chris mentioned this to his doctor during his annual physical. "I told her I felt tired all the time and that was unusual for me," Chris says. "I told her I didn't feel like myself."
Chris' doctor sent him for blood work. Having worked as a nurse in his native England before moving to Florida, Chris didn't have a good feeling about what the results would show. His suspicion was soon confirmed by his doctor, who recommended he see an oncologist/hematologist. Chris' wife, Deirdre, took charge from there. "She said, 'OK. Then we're not messing around. We're going straight to Mayo Clinic,'" Chris tells us. They soon met with Sikander Ailawadhi, M.D., an oncologist/hematologist at Mayo Clinic's Florida campus. After a battery of tests, Chris was diagnosed with Waldenstrom macroglobulinemia, a rare, slow-growing blood cancer. Read the rest of Chris' story.
This story originally appeared on the In the Loop blog.