It's only because I lived for 7 months with the bare minimum white blood cell count that I have any idea what role they play in the human immune system. The nurse warned me when I went into chemo treatment that my cuts and scrapes wouldn't heal as quickly and I may bruise more easily. Upon further research, I discovered that white blood cells are the first responders to a site of inflammation, and what help the body fight off infection.
I had to be incredibly cautious. My boyfriend's mom wouldn't even let me empty the dishwasher for fear that an upside-down knife might puncture my fragile hands.
Not anymore! The night after my game, I watched in awe as my finger continued to swell. I can't say I'm thrilled that my finger is broken, but I'm damn happy my body is strong enough to respond how it's meant to.
That's the thing about being healthy - you're allowed to get broken!