Twenty-five years ago, my doctors had no cure for my cancer. So I went on a quest to find my own treatment. This is my story....
In 1991, Glenn Sabin was a 28-year-old newlywed diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) - a disease doctors called "uniformly fatal". Treatments could buy him some time and eventually ease his discomfort, but there was no conventional cure. Glenn's prognosis was clear: He was going to die.
Although Glenn and his wife, Linda, continued to consult with doctors, cancer specialists, and top oncologists, Glenn made a monumental decision: He would become his own health advocate. While he continued to "watch and wait", Glenn would figure out how to stay alive.
No one could predict when a large-scale clinical trial would discover a cure for CLL, so Glenn began his own medically monitored and carefully researched lifestyle changes. He would conduct his own single-patient clinical trial.
He would become an "n of one".
Today, Glenn is not only alive, but a 2012 biopsy at Harvard confirmed that his bone marrow contains no leukemic cells. His case is now part of the medical literature.