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My Experience as a Bone Marrow Donor – Part 2

     My sister had been fighting leukemia for five years, and the time had finally come for me to attempt to help cure her cancer. The night before and morning of the transplant I had to fast; I think my last meal was orange chicken and chow mein from Panda Express. My mother brought…

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My Experience as a Bone Marrow Donor – Part 1

    In 2007 my older sister Jonell was diagnosed with Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia during her senior year of college. CML is a type of blood cancer that can settle in other parts of the body including the spleen. It’s a slow growing cancer that can mutate into a fast growing acute leukemia that can…

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The Bone Marrow Registry and Why Diversity Matters

With every passing 120 seconds a person in the U.S. is diagnosed with a blood cancer. Many people look to the National Bone Marrow Registry when in need of a transplant, but many people are looking at this list and seeing a huge problem.   Minorities are greatly underrepresented on the bone marrow registry. 67%…

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Art Valenzano Bone Marrow Donor Registry Drive

Register as a bone marrow donor in memory of Monsignor Art Valenzano.  Sunday, March 13, 2016 1:00pm – 4:00pm Knights of Columbus Hall, 1338 Hull St. Baltimore, MD 21230      Monsignor Arthur F. Valenzano was the rector of Baltimore’s Basilica of the Assumption when he passed away from leukemia in September 2015. He had battled the disease since…

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Learn a Little – How to Find a Perfect Match

We talk about getting “matches” for leukemia patients, but what exactly is a match? Every person has a blood type (think A+, O-, etc.), and when we get a blood transfusion, we have to get a type of blood that agrees with our bodies.  Finding a match for a bone marrow transplant or blood stem…

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Words of Hope: The RSV Challenge

February 2009 Recovery into the beginning of January had been very promising.  My blood counts were on the rise and my body was acclimatizing to Isabel’s bone marrow.  I was having the requisite amount of graph versus host disease which was presenting itself as a rash over 90% of my body.  As I’ve said before,…

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Words of Hope – Graph vs. Host

January 5th 2009 So we rolled over into my second year of treatment.  To summarize at this point, I spent the beginning of 2008 sick with headaches resulting from an undiagnosed illness. This was followed by a leukemia diagnosis in May and then 6 months of intensive treatments culminating in a bone marrow transplant on 11/18/08.…

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Words of Hope: A Delicate Balance II

December 18th, 2008 Today, I was released from prison.  Not that I don’t appreciate Johns Hopkins, but when you are hooked up to IV all day, everyday, for 35 days and live in a 10×12 room, you are woken up every 4 hours for vital checks, you start to understand what it might feel like to…

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Words of Hope – Transplant!

Nov. 18th, 2008: Today, I had a bone marrow transplant.  It would prove to be the solution for a very big problem, an Acute Leukemia diagnosis.   The road to the transplant was long and tricky.  For a time, it seemed like it never would happen.  The maladies of disease and treatment mounted and some of the road…

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Word's of Hope – No Hope

Towards the end of the October I was writing about my donor being lost due to bronchitis and my liver starting to fail on top of three intensive rounds of chemotherapy.  The photo in this post is one that we have in our bedroom.  Not many people have seen it.   At a glance, it is a fairly benign…

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