Category Archives: Blood Stem Cell Transplant (SCT)

hematopoietic stem cell transplants (HSCT) are transplants of the blood stem cells harvested through the blood stream; process called ‘aphaeresis’. No drilling into the bone marrow!

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 »

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 »

Some Life Lessons Take a Lifetime

Patience and Pacing If you let go a little, you will have a little peace. If you let go a lot, you will have a lot of peace. If you let go completely, you will know complete peace and freedom. Your struggles with the world will come to an end. ~ Ajahn Chah, A Still… Read More »

STEM CELL TRANSPLANT STEP 1: MEDICAL EVALUATION

DONOR NEWS!! I learned this week that my life saving blood stem cell donor is a 22 year old man who lives outside the United States. He has agreed to the stem cell collection schedule my doctor proposed. How cool is that?! Young, healthy stem cells ~ it doesn’t get any better.  As a patient,… Read More »

The Call and The Twitter

The CALL Yesterday afternoon I received “The Call” we’ve been hoping for. I had to pull the car off the road so I could concentrate. It was my stem cell transplant coordinator. She said that there are 2 perfect matching donors (10 for 10 match of HLA tissue sequence) for me. One of them is… Read More »