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Portrait of Bridget Casey

Two Heroes

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By: Bridget Casey

Two transplants later, surivvor and chaplain Bridget Casey gives back as a courier for Be The Match, serving in thanks for all she has been given.

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In the Waiting. . .

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By: Jennifer Gillette, LMSW of nbmtLINK

There are so many things in life that we need to be patient and wait for. When we wait for health to return, the pandemic to end or significantly improve, or when we wait for any crisis to be over, can we shift our focus to invest in the future we hope for as we try to cope with the present situation?

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Amanda Fer

Coping with Relapse

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By Amanda Ferraro

As you read her blog, you will learn how, after the first shocking moments of the diagnosis she grabs hold and eventually defeats AML leukemia – twice! A successful BMT and a “mind over matter” attitude guided her determination. Read about her success.

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My Blood Brother

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By Nick Hudson

Nick was a perfect match for a four-year-old “toe-head” boy named Cameron who had leukemia, and needed a bone marrow transplant. I was “the match.” Cam’s transplant was successful and his parents told him he had a “blood brother.” You will enjoy learning how these “strangers” became friends.

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A Donor’s Story

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By: Maureen Sonntag

A beloved fourth grade substitute teacher and a mother’s struggle with cancer opens the door to Maureen’s commitment to one day donating bone marrow for a stranger’s transplant … right place, right time, strong faith and a fond memory of Mrs. O’Reilly.

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Embracing the Suck of Cancer

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By: Michael Ansley

Read Mike’s story about how the term he learned in his Navy career, “embracing the suck,” became the mantra that guided his approach to handling GvHD and ultimately defeating leukemia. In the process, he gained perspective on what is truly important: God, Family & Friends … everything else is “just stuff!”

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Moving Cancer to the Back Burner

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By: Laura Weinger Housley

“I can’t wait to be on your side of the fence.” Laura was speaking with an AAL survivor. A relapse a year after her initial diagnosis and treatment, a bone marrow transplant was recommended. Today, she is a committed volunteer, helping other cancer survivors. Learn how giving back is its own reward.

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