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Ohlone trustee has leukemia

Bill McMillin knew something was up last month his feet were too swollen and his body was too achy to play his usual tennis match. On Monday he learned that he has an acute form of leukemia. He’ll be heading to the hospital next week for a month of chemo.

Technically, he has been diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, a type of cancer much more serious than the prostate cancer he beat five years ago. McMillin said doctors told him that recovery rates were 50 percent. Recovery, he said, is defined as living for another five years.

The 66-year-old McMillin said he plans to live into his nineties, just like his mom and dad. He also plans on returning to the board in February.

Matt Artz

  • http://www.Ohlone.Edu Bill McMillin

    Matt,

    Another nice article from you – Thanks.

    I enter Stanford Hospital last Thursday night (Dec 18th) and am doing well. According to my team of doctors, I will be here at least a month and during the second phase will have Outpatient Chemo and blood work about every other day here at Stanford for 4-6 months or longer.

    It will also involve some radiation therapy on the head and other places where the cancer cells might try to hide.

    Since at times through at least phase two, most of my white blood cells which protect against infections will be killed off, I will have to wear an air filter mask, like you see where they paint cars, whenever I am out of the house. So it is going to be harder than I thought, but I will make every effort to attend meetings ASAP.

    Have an inspiring Holiday to everyone.

    Bill