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Stem Cell Transplant

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?