Living Life, Facing Death: Navigating Acute Myeloid Leukemia

By Annie Robinson

If you were told you only had 8-10 months left to live, how would you spend that time?

Paul Giese was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (A.M.L.) in January 2013, at age 75. He was told he had 8-10 months to live. 22 months later, on November 25, 2014, he shared the story of his remarkable journey beating the odds.

With his devoted wife Lucretia by his side, Paul endured months of chemotherapy, experimental drugs, and the trying search for a bone marrow transplant match. He navigated uncertainty, bore physical deterioration, and tolerated disappointments. He also rejoiced in the connections he shared with others, and truly made the most out of the time he had.

Paul passed away on January 14, 2015.


To learn more about A.M.L., visit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s website. They also offer information aboutsupport groups for patients and their families.

The New Yorker published an article on advances in treatment for A.M.L. this past September, 2014.