Regretfully, The ASCO Post has learned that Kelly Traw, 49, passed away on September 2, 2014, at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. While her obituary did not mention a cause of death, it said that, “She will be greatly missed by her extended family and by the many friends who supported her through her 3-year battle with leukemia.”
Ms. Traw was anxious to tell her story of her diagnosis of acute myeloid leukemia in December 2011 and how the experience changed her life. Although Ms. Traw did not get to see her story published in The ASCO Post, she read and approved the final version, which appears above.
She is survived by her husband, Tom White; her parents, Chuck and A.K. (Jones) Traw; her sister Nikki Traw and partner Debbie Engelstad; and her nephews, Caden and Owen, and niece, Jacey. ■
For a year before I was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) in December 2011, I had what I thought were the lingering remnants of a bad case of bronchitis. My breathing was labored, I had a chronic cough, and occasionally my voice would give out. Every time I saw my pulmonologist, I would...