Letter from a friend of The Bone Marrow Foundation
This week, we crossed a finish line that once seemed so elusive. Four years post-transplant, I was discharged as a patient at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.
On Mother’s Day 2010, I was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML). As a mother of three young sons, it was devastating. After a brief remission, I relapsed and underwent a stem cell transplant in October 2011. Today, I have reclaimed much of my pre-cancer life, living each day with gratitude and love with my family. We are so grateful to The Bone Marrow Foundation for their help and support. Knowing the Foundation was behind us provided the extra emotional boost we needed to keep fighting toward the goal of being cancer-free.
Just four months after the birth of her third son, Barbara had to begin treatment for AML. She and her father, who was both her donor and caregiver, relocated from Hawaii to Seattle for a stem cell transplant. Barbara received financial support from the Lifeline Fund to help with the financial costs of relocating far from home.