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Karen Koltonow

Diagnosed with CLL

Karen Koltonow is a painter ceramic artist living in the bay area. In November of 2003, feeling very fatigued, she was admitted to the hospital for panocytopenia and nuetropenia and was diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia/Small Lymphocytic Lymphoma. Within weeks of her initial of treatment with Fludarabine and Rituxin, she developed auto-immune hemolytic anemia and was treated with steroids. The hemolytic anemia progressed to Pure Red Cell Aplasia. It then all morphed into Myelodysplastic Syndrome which put her on the road to a Bone Marrow Transplant.