I am grateful to tell the story of my journey in and through the world of hematology and blood dyscrasisas. As I read the plight of so many of my comrades with amyloidosis, to be truthful, I have a bit of survivor’s guilt. Had I not been blessed and guided in the manner that I was, or not had a really dedicated physician pay attention to my subtle signs and symptoms, then perhaps my story would have taken a much more dark and negative course.
Hopefully, I will be a case study or model of hopefulness, attesting to the merits of early detection and diagnosis. Though I will walk you through the journey, please take care to listen for the insights learned along the way for I believe that there is much learning here for both physician and patient.