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St. Louis, MO (KSDK) - If you're a pro football fan, you probably heard that Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano has been diagnosed with leukemia. NewsChannel 5's Art Holliday spoke with a St. Louis mother of 3 who knows exactly what Pagano is going through.
Leukemia is a type of cancer that affects the blood and bone marrow. It can be a scary diagnosis, whether you're an NFL coach or a woman who was in her mid-20s when she was diagnosed.
IN 1999, Jen Knehan was just 26 and married for two years, when a leukemia diagnosis put her life on hold.
Knehan said her first thoughts were that she would not live to see her 27th birthday and wondered if she would even be able to have kids.
Three children later, Knehan said she doesn't take her health for granted.
Knehan had acute myeloid leukemia, the same illness that has sidelined Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano for the rest of the 2012 NFL season.
Jen Knehan said her leukemia was treated with transfusions and a multi-drug chemotherapy regimen. The disease is considered treatable with remission in 80 to 90 percent of patients.