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Nuances of a New Normal

A seven part blog series with David Weinstein

We’re so thankful and honored to present the following seven part blog series. David Weinstein shares his heart, grit, soul and bone marrow transplant journey with us as we roll out this series, once a month, here in our E-nnouncement newsletter, starting this month. Each blog post will inspire you regardless of where you are on your journey. So sit back and feel the sun on YOUR face as you soak up this very special series. Thank you David. You are a gift to this world.

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Coping with Relapse

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

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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Transplant (An Unexpected Journey)

By: Jean C. Carroll

Discover how the support of community and extended family and a strong faith carries this young family on a seventeen-year journey into the unknown world of bone marrow transplant. There is a happy ending to their story.

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A Donor’s Story

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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He Said: She Said: All Said with Love!

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!

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Embracing the Suck of Cancer

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

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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“Blood Brothers” Clint Weaver (left) was the matched unrelated donor for Rob Minton

The Strength of Our Anchors

By: Rob Minton

No one makes the transplant journey alone. Rob’s experience began with his closest companion, his wife Sharon. Other “anchors” who accompanied him on his multi-year trip that began in 2012 included doctors, nurses, medical technicians, friends and family members who kept home fires burning during his and Sharon’s long absences. Read their story and about Rob’s “blood brother” donor, Clint.

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