Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Xplained


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Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Xplained

Through storytelling

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Meet Charles

Hi, I’m Charles. Back in 2015 I woke up one night with really terrible back pain. I couldn’t stand, then I couldn’t lay down or sit down - I just couldn’t get comfortable. It happened a couple of times, and finally some scans and a blood test showed I had ALL. From there everything went lightening quick - straight upstairs for chemo. I’ve had lots of treatments and have learnt a lot. I hope my story can help you understand more. Check out the video to hear more from me.

Medicine X Story

Working as a medical doctor, I realized that far too many patients are confused about their diagnoses, their conditions, and their treatments. There’s a disconnect between the language that doctors use and what everyday people understand. This can make you feel incredibly hopeless and anxious at an often very difficult time in your life.

We believe there is a better way. We believe all patients – regardless of age, gender, culture or condition – should have access to medical information they can understand! Everyone should feel informed and empowered in order to engage with their doctors and be involved in making medical decisions.

This is why Medicine X was created.


Dr. Kim Chilman-Blair
Founder, Medicine X

About ALL Xplained

Real People

The ALL Xplained story is based on a real person – Charles! It reflects his story, his experiences, and his advice to others.  There have also been lots of people who contributed along the way with their stories and advice. Thanks to everyone who helped create ALL Xplained!

Our Team

The Medicine X team are doctors, artists, and creative writers who all work to make sure of one thing — the information is easy to understand. No more medical jargon! Everything is correct and up-to-date!


Each of the stories we create is different, so there are experts in the field that have reviewed the story to ensure it is spot-on in terms of medical information. These experts are professionals in medical bodies and institutions.

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ALL Xperts

Check out the star-studded line up of experts that have been involved with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Xplained!

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Dr Ryan Cassaday

Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

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Dr Elias Jabbour

MD Anderson Cancer Center

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Kimarie Knowles

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

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In collaboration with

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Meet the Creators

Meet the artist and story writer behind Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Xplained!

The artist

Josep Rico

Josep R. is a Spanish illustrator. Interested in the Franco-Belgian comics and modern illustration, he studied illustration at the art school of Alcoi. Since then he has worked on comic books and magazines. He began collaborating with Medicine X because he believes in the power of illustration and art. He feels Medicine X offers great programs that can help patients understand their medical conditions in the best (and most engaging) way.

The writer

Shawn deLoache

Shawn deLoache is a Los Angeles based writer for TV, Film, digital, and comics. He’s written everything from gut-wrenching dramas to supernatural comedies, and yet he says “I've found nothing has the same impact as working with Medicine X. I've always thought of stories as a gift. Normally that gift is entertainment, but with Medicine X it's so much more. With Medicine X the stories we're telling, I'm telling, aren't just a gift of entertainment (though I hope they entertain), but of knowledge, of support, of helping people understand their illness and know that they're not alone. It's the kind of writing that makes me feel like I'm making a difference, and for that, I am very humbled, proud, and grateful to be a part of the Medicine X family.”

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