Survivor  Stories

The National Bone Marrow Transplant Link (nbmtLINK) has been linking, curing and caring since 1992, providing a number of services and resources designed to meet the needs of patients, survivors, caregivers, and health professionals around the country.

“My family, as caregivers, knew exactly what to expect in my road to recovery based on the caregiver resources that nbmtLINK provided.”

– Spin Z.

“It’s my turn to tell other people facing a transplant that it’s not only ‘doable’, but for me, at least, it was well worth the ‘doing.’ My life since then has been fuller and richer because I know now just how precious each day is.”

– Martha N.

Read Martha’s book, Gathering Stones, here.

“Nearly 10 years post-allogeneic transplant at my daughter’s wedding, I continue to celebrate the very best in life.”

– Rian F.

“So your body has betrayed you,
But it’s gonna work out fine.
The angels gather round
And throw you down a line.
Don’t despair.
Don’t give in.
You will feel the rain on your face again.
Someday,
You will feel the rain on your face again.”

– Stewart F.

Get Stewart’s book for Kindle, What Don’t Kill Me Just Makes Me Strong, here.

“My bone marrow transplant not only brought physical healing that extended my life, it allowed me to restore, heal, and improve relationships as well as build new relationships that I wouldn’t have enjoyed otherwise.”

– Juanita M.   

“The New Normal is definitely my life now.”

– Peg M.

Jennifer B

“The road to recovery has surely been more of a marathon than a sprint. However, I have uncovered many gems along the way, including the nbmtLINK, an organization which would change my life forever.”

– Jennifer B.

“Someone showed up in my room with a DVD of The New Normal and set it up for me. I watched it 2 or 3 times in a row. It was then that I realized just how limited my preparation for my transplant had been.”

– David W.

Friend and Caregiver, Ted; Valerie; and her sister and stem cell donor, Monica

“Medical science has prolonged life, but there is a trade-off to survivorship: living longer with difficult challenges that affect the quality of life. The work of the nbmtLINK is vital in addressing the needs of thousands of patients, caregivers, and families with resources that will improve their lives after transplant.”

– Friend and Caregiver, Ted; Valerie; and her sister and stem cell donor, Monica.

“Though 1985 was many years ago, the memories of being diagnosed with Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia and undergoing a bone marrow transplant (BMT) in December of that year remain vivid in my mind. Facing a BMT can seem overwhelming. My only advice is to take one day at a time. More importantly, believe in yourself.”

-Sandra Weiss

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