Category Archives: Blog
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?
By: Martha Nielsen
Martha conquered “the beast called Cancer.” Facing B-cell NHL, multiple approaches to treatment and ultimately a BMT, she contacted the nbmtLINK, especially for the peer-support program. She has celebrated over fifteen “second birthdays” and volunteers in the LINK’s peer-support program. You will be uplifted by her victory.
By: Juanita McReynolds
Twenty-four years as a survivor of AML, today brings Juanita gratitude, patience, compassion, and “tremendous” growth in her faith in God. Learn how she honors brother’s “incredibly generous gift” by helping others who are on a similar journey.
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.
By: Karen Raman
Follow Karen’s cancer treatment journey and the multiple changes that occurred along her route. Lessons learned: you are your own best advocate; stay on top of your meds; and most important of all, keeping a positive outlook is at least fifty percent of the battle.
By: Peter Thomason
Peter shares how he found his way to handling the different issues that accompanied his post-BMT challenges. His discovery of Zen, a Japanese word for “meditation,” brought a sense of peace to his living each day as a cancer survivor.
Lewis & Merle Christie
Lewis and his wife, Merle tackled his AML diagnosis together. Read their story of being “recalled to life” more than once by transplants, the support of family, friends, and medical personnel; and their sheer determination that Lewis would survive … period!
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!”
By: Roy Proctor
“Deliberately” developing a positive, even “joyful” frame of mind can make all the difference in one’s approach to the experience of cancer. Read about how Roy used these mind-sets to deal with the effects of BMT and how it altered his life.
By: Stacey Town
On September 6, 1996, Stacey was “born again” … it was her second birthday. After a year and a half, her AML had returned. Discover how she courageously tackled multiple set-backs on her way to a bone marrow transplant that saved her life.
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.
By: Greg Rose
Check out Greg’s BMT Cancer Survival Guide after his diagnosis of Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). Excellent advice when traveling a ten-year, very bumpy road to “a normal life.”