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Bone Marrow Transplant

Putting My Marrow Where My Mouth Is

Gina Keatley | Posted 06.15.2016 | Healthy Living
Gina Keatley

I spend a lot of time telling my patients to "Be Fearless, Be Full." Whether it's getting my anorexic clients to normalize their eating or my diabetic...

Extending Your Bloodline Without Kids

Pradeep Aradhya | Posted 05.03.2016 | Healthy Living
Pradeep Aradhya

Last week I made a donation of my Bone Marrow Cells or Hematopoietic Stem Cells to an anonymous Leukemia patient via the Be The Match Registry. These are specialized Stem Cells that can only grow into various blood cells.

Equal Opportunity for Those Needing Bone Marrow Transplants

The Charles Bronfman Prize | Posted 03.22.2016 | Impact
The Charles Bronfman Prize

When I was diagnosed with leukemia in 1991, the doctor told me to go home and prepare my bucket list. While there was a cure for my disease -- a bone marrow transplant -- I would nonetheless die because I'd never find a matching donor.

What My Bone Marrow Transplant Taught Me About the Healing Power of Sleep

Trish Kinney | Posted 02.19.2016 | Healthy Living
Trish Kinney

So even though I was missing some of that precious sleep time last night when my transplant anniversary made itself known, I had to smile in that memory, that amazing chance I was given at a second life. And I snuggled up under my favorite cotton blanket, the very same that kept me warm in my transplant room so long ago.

On to 2016

Carolyn Bass | Posted 01.02.2016 | Books
Carolyn Bass

It goes that 2016 will find me doing the same thing I've done every year. I'll be loving on my great, big, crazy family and doing this: Write. Edit. Publish. Repeat.

Lifesaving Ideas From Unlikely Places

Jay Scott | Posted 12.28.2015 | Impact
Jay Scott

I recently received an envelope with a prison return address. This prisoner, who is serving a triple life sentence without the possibility of parole, and his friend came up with an idea. They want to create a "parallel registry" for bone marrow donation.

Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma; a Bipartisan Affliction

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 12.02.2015 | Politics
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

We have all heard the word lymphoma, a cancer of the lymph system. In this time of national political debate, it is worth noting that this serious can...

Why I Donated My Bone Marrow To A Total Stranger

Women's Health | Posted 11.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Women's Health

A year and a half later, I haven't heard how my bone-marrow recipient is doing. Delete Blood Cancer hasn't come back to me asking for another bone marrow donation, so I'm hoping that's a good thing and that she's doing great. But if they do call me back, whether it's for her or someone else, I'd do it again in a heartbeat.

Red Meat for the Cancer Survivor's Soul

Bret Hoekema | Posted 11.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Bret Hoekema

After reading my essay written this past winter entitled The Precarious Space Between Chemotherapy and Work, a friend and supporter of mine who is of ...

Bride Who Survived Cancer Dances With The Donor Who Saved Her Life

The Huffington Post | Kelsey Borresen | Posted 10.29.2015 | Weddings

When Greta Hokanson was 16, she was diagnosed with leukemia and needed a bone marrow transplant to save her life. Through the Be The Match bone marrow...

Do You Believe #BlackLivesMatter? Here's How to Save One

Diane A. Thompson, MD | Posted 10.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Diane A. Thompson, MD

How can we build on such efforts? We might start by educating African-American physicians, who tend to have an easier time overcoming the distrust of patients of color and can pass on good information.

Where's Heaven, Part 2 -- Relapse

Michelle Frost | Posted 06.09.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Michelle Frost

The only thing that was worse than having my child diagnosed with cancer was the shattered belief that it was cured. Insidiously, it came marching bac...

Saving a Life Is Easier Than You Think

Jay Feinberg | Posted 05.19.2016 | Impact
Jay Feinberg

It was that search for a match and the overwhelming outpouring of support I received that inspired me to establish the Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation.

How Not to Raise Your Tween Daughter

Benjamin Rubenstein | Posted 06.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Benjamin Rubenstein

I am the "father" to my nearly-12-year-old bone marrow "daughter." Twelve years ago, I received a bone marrow transplant to treat myelodysplastic synd...

Tuskegee Experiments' Legacy: Blacks Still Dying of Curable Diseases

Pat LaMarche | Posted 04.24.2015 | Black Voices
Pat LaMarche

Almost exactly seven years ago, on February 28, 2008, Penn State Assistant Track Coach, Fritz Spence, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Five months after his diagnosis, following Fritz's second failed round of chemotherapy, Wade Spence donated marrow to his brother.

Finding A Universal Language To Connect Patients With Bone Marrow Donors

Steven Willems | Posted 03.08.2015 | Impact
Steven Willems

Bill Erickson owes his life to an altruistic stranger in Germany -- and the algorithm that helped find him.

A Life-Saving Perfect Match

Michelle Frost | Posted 02.11.2015 | Impact
Michelle Frost

I met Andrea when she was hospitalized in Seattle undergoing her first transplant, now four years ago. What was and remains remarkable about Andrea is her sparkling determination, courage and her seemingly endless ability to tap in to positive side of almost everything.

Overcoming Cancer Consent

Christopher Gazarian | Posted 12.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Christopher Gazarian

When day zero comes around, I take one last moment to think about my fear. The fears of what I will definitely experience, the fears of what I might experience and the fears of what I might not experience. And then, finally I do have a choice to make.

Finding The Light Before The End Of The Tunnel

Christopher Gazarian | Posted 12.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Christopher Gazarian

"Cured" is not necessarily the opposite of cancer. It is not the end we should necessarily be searching for. The opposite of cancer is life.

The Sunday Series (JennStrong), with Mark Brodinsky

Mark Brodinsky | Posted 08.31.2014 | Good News
Mark Brodinsky

The mission: to move and inspire you with the heroism of others. Those who show tremendous courage in the face of adversity, those who give hope to others who need it the most, those who show us all how to live a life fulfilled.

I Believe in the Power of People to Save Lives

Katharina Harf | Posted 07.19.2014 | Impact
Katharina Harf

The fact is, most people know very little about the bone marrow donation process, and quite often, have outdated or inaccurate ideas about how it works.

The Girl in the Mirror

Nina Polvanich Louie | Posted 07.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Nina Polvanich Louie

I decided it was my turn to take control. Matt and I waited outside for the salon to open. At 9 a.m., I put one foot in front of the other and walked in, chin up. In my bravest voice, I said, "I'd like to get my head shaved. I have cancer."

Passing the Baton in Memory of My Mother

Lisa Paulsen | Posted 07.10.2014 | Impact
Lisa Paulsen

Seven years ago, I Iost my mother after she waged a long battle with ovarian cancer. The memory of her struggle fills me with both pride and sadness. Most of all, it makes me want to strike back against the disease that killed her. I want to help bring an end to cancer.

To Matthew

Nina Polvanich Louie | Posted 06.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Nina Polvanich Louie

Dearest Matthew, Do you remember how it snowed on the night that we met? Your eyes met mine, and in that moment, it felt as if I had found you aga...

To My Son

Nina Polvanich Louie | Posted 05.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Nina Polvanich Louie

Your mama was diagnosed with cancer one week before your second birthday. It was Stage IV lymphoma, and my PET scan lit up like a Christmas tree.