Bone Marrow Transplants – The ENTIRE Process. How They Work. A Patient Guide and Story.

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Bone Marrow Transplants are scary. And they’re a unique procedure whose impacts can last longer than many regular organ transplants. But they also save lives. I’ve had 2 myself. Both were allogeneic transplants, the focus of this blog post, which is where you receive your cells from a donor. I’m a medical student and tumor vaccine researcher, but I wrote this out to outline the process for a fellow patient recently – so it’s in plain English – and it’s also more patient focused. I found, personally, that a fellow patients’ words just¬†stuck more. So I thought I’d share it […]

Bone Marrow Transplants. They Seem Scary…. But They’re Really Not. And They’ve Saved Me. Twice.

2 years ago, to this day, I received a bone marrow transplant. It was the hardest thing I’ve gone through, as a cancer patient. I spent weeks stuck in a bed, subsisting on unsolid food, barely drinking and in intense pain – even with morphine! And for months after it, I was fed into a spin-cycle of maladies, starting with my skin feeling like it was burning for days on end without relief, followed by months of sickness and huge shifts in weight and ending with the a relapse and the knowledge that I’d have to go through it all […]