Author Archives: Marina

When “Thank you” Feels Small

Have you saved a stranger’s life?  Been that one person at the right time?  Without YOU the stranger’s existence becomes a memory?  I wonder what that feels like. I am the stranger whose life was saved by the actions of a young man across the ocean. Four and a half years ago, my bone marrow went… Read More »

AtlantaMarch is more than a #

I returned home from Saturday’s Atlanta March for Social Justice and Women with weary feet and a joyful heart. I made the trek with my friend Karin, whom I haven’t seen since before my marrow/stem cell transplant. We met near a MARTA station and rode into the city. A colorful mix of people showing off… Read More »

Forever in my heart

This photo popped up on my Facebook page today.   It was taken two years ago.   The butterfly in the background was significant for all of us. While ’tis the season to be jolly, ’tis also a time of winter blues and melancholy. Especially when experiencing holidays in new ways… without loved ones. Happy… Read More »

Translational Research: From the Lab to the Clinic

I had the coolest field trip today. I visited the Mullally lab, an independent research lab at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Department of Hematology, with Harvard Medical School. It is a translational hematology research lab. Dr. Ann Mullally and her team of impressive scientists test theories to answer some of the pesky questions people living… Read More »