July 20, 2005--Posted at 5:40 p.m. CST
JONESBORO--Lt. Governor Win Rockefeller formally dropped out of the race for Governor on Tuesday. He announced that he’d been diagnosed with a blood disorder and could no longer stay in the race.
Rockefeller was diagnosed with Myeloproliferative Disorder. In short, the disease causes the body to overproduce blood cells. Dr. Carroll Scroggin with the NEA Clinic said, “what happens in myeloproliferative disorder is that one or more of the blood cells start to increase uncontrollably.”
There are as many as five different types of myeloproliferative disorders, but they all have to do with rising blood counts. The symptoms vary but can include blood clots and bleeding problems.
Rockefeller’s first symptom was bruising easily, but some reports indicate that he may be experiencing bleeding and fever.
Rockefeller’s disorder may lead to Leukemia, and the treatment is a bone marrow transplant. Rockefeller says he plans on having the transplant, and he expects a full recovery.
The Lt. Governor says he’ll remain in office while tending to his disorder.
Meanwhile, he’s making a plea for people to sign up on the national bone marrow donor registry. It only takes a simple blood donation to become a member. For more information, call 1-800-MARROW2, or go to www.marrow.org.