Gender & Myeloproliferative Neoplasms (MPN)

Any parent of boys and girls will confirm that there are differences between the genders that are not based on social conditioning. Yet much of the research for decades had mostly male subjects; what was learned was applied to women. That’s why I was so excited to learn about the newer MPN research that teases… 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 »

Peachtree Ridge High School Seniors make 2nd annual Swab Drive a Huge Success!

While I was at a hospital undergoing surgery to remove my worn-out gall bladder and erratic appendix, my kids and their friends pulled off a great Swab Drive to build the Marrow Donor Registry and help Delete Blood Cancer. Check out the photos on the “Marina Needs Us” facebook page and you will be inspired… Read More »

Calling All College Students!!!

If you are a college student, know college students, or know people who know college students, please help us! My daughter, Katrina, is doing a research project for one of her classes that will also help us learn gauge student awareness about the importance and ease of saving lives by joining the Bone Marrow Registry.… 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 »