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Stem Cell Transplant

Life's a Rush

Helen Eisenbach | Posted 04.23.2015 | Arts
Helen Eisenbach

In the throes of fighting for her life, Margolin revels in vivid memories of her youth, unscheduled raptures far from the enforced multitasking of today. And where she now finds herself is where she would have hoped to be.

So You've Had Cancer and a Heart Attack -- What Now?

Bret Hoekema | Posted 05.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Bret Hoekema

I sat up and as much as I could, gathered the heart monitor's leeds to the side, and brought Aura's body sort of close to mine. I pressed her ear against my chest. We were speechless, so she might as well just listen to my heart, and I might as well just breathe.

The Precarious Space Between Chemotherapy and Returning To Work

Bret Hoekema | Posted 04.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Bret Hoekema

So, when do you think you'll be ready to go back to work? For quite some time now friends and family have been asking this question. I know why they ask. I know why others don't ask even though they want to. I know why I don't always feel comfortable answering.

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.

Some Days All You Feel Is Your Cancer

Bret Hoekema | Posted 06.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Bret Hoekema

There was a merger -- God knows when or why -- that made cancer a mid-level manager. Cancer is fat, lazy, and unaware. It manages maniacally from a fluorescent-lit, second-floor office window.

Beginnings

Richard M. Cohen | Posted 05.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Richard M. Cohen

Only 20 patients had been tapped for this spectacular opportunity. My stem cell infusion took place in New York City on a recent frigid winter day, inaugurating the study. I knew a long, thin needle would be inserted into my spinal column and the cells released. I was ready.

The Big Picture

Bret Hoekema | Posted 10.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Bret Hoekema

I am 41 days out from my allogeneic stem cell transplant. I did my best to prepare. I knew it would be brutal. I now have to admit I hadn't a clue what I was to face.

To My Donor, on Transplant Day

Bret Hoekema | Posted 09.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Bret Hoekema

With your stem cells, I can imagine life as an ordinary thirty-something. Back at work. Earning a salary. And writing about something other than life with cancer. With your stem cells, I can imagine a second chance at my first year of marriage and the dreamy possibility of my 50th.

The Lightness and Darkness of Transplant

Tiffany Williams | Posted 06.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Tiffany Williams

A lot of people are talking about the idea of rebirth, resurrection, miracles, and faith following Easter weekend. They are themes often on my mind too, though perhaps for different reasons: On December 1, 2010, I was reborn. Sort of.

Donna's Cancer Story: Recovery

Sheila Quirke | Posted 11.11.2012 | Parents
Sheila Quirke

Donna was making up for eleven months of slogging through the muck of cancer. She was 2 and wanted to play and play and play. Skinny and pale with sunken eyes, Donna came back to us. She had never been more beautiful.

Donna's Cancer Story: Transplant, Part II

Sheila Quirke | Posted 11.10.2012 | Parents
Sheila Quirke

I cannot describe what it is like to see your child suffer and know that you are incapable of making it better.

Donna's Cancer Story: Transplant, Part I

Sheila Quirke | Posted 11.09.2012 | Parents
Sheila Quirke

As I was packing for the transplant stay, I pulled out the Wonder Woman cards and Donna grabbed the one at her head where Wonder Woman is holding open the jaws of a dinosaur. Donna looked at it and said, "She's going to fight that beast away, but right now it's scary." Amen, Donna.

How A Stem Cell Transplant Changed Two Lives

AP | By MARTHA IRVINE | Posted 07.01.2011 | Home

CHICAGO -- The meeting between the 7-year-old boy and the 31-year-old man began awkwardly, as meetings of strangers often do. But then young Jacob Kow...

Do You Want to Save Someone's Life?

Victoria Namkung | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Victoria Namkung

Thousands of patients diagnosed with leukemia and other life-threatening diseases depend on you to find a match. Wondering what can you do?