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Health Plus: Blood Cancer, Part 2


WATERLOO (KWWL) -- Bill and Shelly Weber share a bond beyond husband and wife.

In May 2005, the Gilbertville farmer was successfully treated for Hodgkin's Lymphoma.

But another blow came four years later when his greatest supporter, Shelly, was diagnosed with a rare leukemia.

"This is where the tears will start coming, 'cause I hadn't told Bill how I'd been feeling. Cancer had already happened in our house, it wasn't gonna happen again," said Shelly Weber.

"Well for one thing, I knew she was probably more scared than what I was. I think hers was a little more serious than what I had," said Bill Weber.

Her oncologist at the Covenant Cancer Treatment Center in Waterloo was confident in the 47-year-old's options to fight it.

"Acute promyelocytic leukemia is one where actually the patients do very well. Even this is rare but the patients do well," said Dr. Mukund Nadipuram.

Now blood cancer survivors, the couple has joined forces with hundreds of family and friends to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

"It's not just us anymore, it's everyone because 1 in 4 people will be diagnosed with a blood cancer and every ten minutes someone dies from a blood cancer," said Shelly.

"Really know your body. Ask a lot of questions. If you don't feel good, please go to the doctor and keep at it until you know what's wrong," said Bill.

Today the Webers journey is an inspiration to the growing ranks of cancer survivors.

Tara Thomas:  Online reporter/Anchor 

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