Jason Blake Has Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia

medicalThe Toronto Maple Leafs announced today that forward Jason Blake is battling a rare form of leukemia. This news just hit me like a ton of bricks.

On the surface, this seems very scary, but as you read on it appears to be highly treatable and will not affect his ability to perform at my highest level for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia is rare and is being controlled by a pill Blake takes daily. Just yesterday my brother and I were ripping into Blake for his slow start and wondering if we didn't overpay a guy coming off a fluky 40 goal season for the Islanders. Now, I'm set to give this guy a free pass.

If you're going to get cancer, this might be a good cancer to get, but it's still cancer and I'm willing to give him another week before we call him out on his five year, $20 million contract. Until then, let's focus our judgement efforts on Darcy Tucker who is also MIA and not battling any form of the big C.

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Been there done that 13 years ago. Fortunatly after 2 cat scans all was clear (having 2 year old twins at time) this was difficult yet promising.

October 8, 2007 @ 2:23 PM


It is tough.. although all says CML is highly treatable. The drug Gleevec that Jason is taking is a new drug, introduced about 5 years ago. All CML patients are afraid that they would have resistance to the drug one day. And noone knows the long term side-effect. But it is the best treatment so far. Take good care of yourself, Jason.

October 13, 2007 @ 12:01 AM

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