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Nina Polvanich Louie
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Nina Polvanich Louie successfully received a 6/6 cord-blood transplant after fifteen rounds of chemotherapy and radiation to treat her lymphoma. She is an alumni of Stanford University, Harvard Business School, and McKinsey Consulting. Nina currently resides in Manhattan Beach, California with her loving husband and adorable son and advocates for stem cell research.

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(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2016 | 11:20 AM

It broke my heart a little.

It broke my heart a little to hear it out loud. In that moment, his eyes fixed on mine, it broke my heart to hear the words I already knew. "I'm sorry, Mrs. Louie, but given what your body has been through, another child...

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Dark Chocolate

(3) Comments | Posted December 4, 2015 | 10:52 AM

I love dark chocolate. I love the dark chocolate with sea salt, with salted caramel, with almonds. 72% cacao or 54%. I don't discriminate. I really don't at all. Dark chocolate feels like a gift from the heavens, like warmth and joy. Literally like having a happy little Belgian chocolatier...

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Crossing the Bridge

(3) Comments | Posted August 3, 2015 | 4:55 PM

I want so badly to move on. Let me go, Cancer. I don't want to think about you anymore.

On most days, I am like you, floating through a mindless daily rhythm. I hit the snooze button. I drink too much Cabernet. I eat too much chocolate. I text at...

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547 Days

(2) Comments | Posted March 24, 2015 | 2:37 PM

I looked at myself in the mirror and watched as my dark hair fell to the floor. It floated like autumn leaves gathering in a rogue pile around my chair. My stylist was named Jason. He had tattoos trailing his olive-toned arms and cut my hair with such brute confidence...

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Warrior Status

(1) Comments | Posted October 15, 2014 | 5:02 PM

The funniest thing about being a cancer survivor is my warrior status. 96.4 lbs. 5'2. Warrior. At 34, my crowning achievement has been achieving this bad-ass status. I'm proud of it. I am a serious ninja, and you know it. I troll through the effervescent streets of Manhattan Beach as...

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Her Laugh

(1) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 3:31 PM

It was her laugh that caught his attention. Brazen, unbridled, and unashamed. It was the sound of joy in its purest form - so raw and unencumbered. His eyes fell upon her as she sat across the room, floating in the serene lightness of that day - celebrating life in...

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The Girl in the Mirror

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2014 | 1:21 PM

I decided to go to Supercuts. My hair was collecting in piles all over the house, and it was a constant reminder of how the disease had taken control. I decided it was my turn to take control. Matt and I waited outside for the salon to open. At 9...

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To Matthew

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2014 | 2:03 PM

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 again from another lifetime. You shot me a mischievous smile. "No, no, Nina," my friends warned, "he definitely will not...

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To My Son

(2) Comments | Posted March 11, 2014 | 6:28 PM

To my Dearest Donovan,

I watch you fall asleep every night. Our fingers intertwined, your eyes meet mine, and you battle your exhaustion. Oh how you love life! You fight the night like the vermillion light that lingers long after the sun sets. This is my favorite moment of each...

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