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Why blood cells count

By SUSAN_GREENBERG  

This is the first in a series of postings related to my cancer treatment. The aim is to talk about the personal experience of illness in a broadly analytical way.

I am starting with blood: what it is made of, and how that affects our very being.

Blood and its qualities have long served as powerful metaphors for the human condition. And people spend a lot of time putting things into the bloodstream to alter their mental state. In the case of medical treatments, the alterations are less voluntary.

In the case of chemotherapy,…

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