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Posts Tagged ‘Leukemia’

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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We’ve Reached 10,000 Swabs!

  In seven years, There Goes My Hero has added 10,000 people to the national bone marrow donor registry. That means that there are 10,000 more potential life savers thanks to our efforts. These swabs have resulted in 125 matches, with 17 life-saving transplants.  We are so thankful for your support and the support of…

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‘Batkid’ movie coming out this June

Looking for something that will lift your spirits this summer?  On June 26th, Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World will premiere in theaters.   The documentary tells the true story of Miles Scott, a childhood cancer survivor from Tulelake, California who became a superhero for a day as thousands of volunteers helped transform San Francisco into Gotham City. At eighteen months old, Miles…

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Learn A Little – How Leukemia Treatment Is Changing

by Kristina Gaddy, volunteer with Hero Author, writer, hematologist, and oncologist Jerome Groopman is well known for writing about health topics, specifically cancer and HIV/AIDS for the non-medical community.  This week in an article in The New Yorker magazine, he reveals the new way doctors are approaching leukemia treatment. Four years ago when I was…

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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 – Balancing Act

Oct 2008 versus Oct 2013 As I mentioned in the September blog, it was a weird time of recovery.  I had received the FLAM treatment in August and spent September getting better and getting ready for a bone marrow transplant.  I was visiting Hopkins everyday and having my blood “checked”.  In September I was receiving blood transfusions and…

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How To Save A Life

None of us really knew what we were getting into. We really didn’t even know what a bone marrow drive was; we just knew that it might be able to save our friend’s life.

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