Category Archives: Bone Marrow & Stem Cell Transplant

Transplants of the hematopoietic stem cells to cure more than 70 diseases.

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 »

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 »

My Life Saver is Revealed

A week and a half after my 2nd “re-birthday,” the MUD (Matched Unrelated Donor) Transplant Coordinator from Northside Hospital phoned me. “I have the information about your donor. Would you like me to email it to you?” Dana asked. “YES, please!!! [shriek here]” I responded. And then I promptly hung up the phone. Oops! I… Read More »

3rd Annual Swab Drive at Mtn. Pointe High School Breaks Record

I had the honor to take part in Mountain Pointe High School’s 3rd Annual Be the Match swab drive on May 8, 2015 in Tempe, Arizona. Organized by the Foreign Language Honor Society with the leadership of Spanish teacher Señora Donna Barry Sampanes, this year’s drive was particularly powerful. “We’re creating awareness of the need… Read More »

Facts About Marrow & Blood Stem Cell Donation — FAQ’s

I was a blood donor beginning in college and continuing into my mid-30’s.  I didn’t know much about bone marrow transplants until I was told I need one to live beyond 18 months to 2 years. I quickly learned about the process, the risks, and the challenges of finding a donor “match”. It wasn’t until… Read More »

What’s So Special About Normal Saline?

I’m stumped! Of all the prescriptions I’ve filled over the years living with chronic illness, guess what is the toughest to get my hands on? Pre-filled saline syringes. Yep – you read it right! Normal saline! These 10 ml syringes don’t even have needles! I use them to “flush the line” of the drain from… Read More »

Pretty Coincidence

Smile for the camera This afternoon I had the privilege of doing a portrait shoot at my home for Gwinnett Magazine‘s “Heroes Project.”  Gwinnett Magazine periodically features fighters & survivors of various types of cancer to raise awareness and to inspire people to get involved in the fight against “the Big C.” When Danny the… Read More »

Hope = Reasonable Expectations

Six Month Post-SCT Assessment Gives Me Hope February 3, 2014:  The news is good. My Dear Donor’s hematapoietic (blood forming) stem cells are engrafted in my bones. My bone marrow is not hard and fibrotic like it was six months ago. We hope it once again becomes a gracious host for the marrow and stem… Read More »

Save Lives & Don’t Go Viral with the Flu

http://   “Going Viral” has taken on new meaning in our social media culture.  This time of year, it’s important to remember the origins of the term (which does not get as many “Likes”). The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) has a really cool map that shows the level of influenza in each state. This link shows… Read More »