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Inspirational Stories

Debra

Lymphoma Survivor

Northumberland, PA

I was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 1995, just several months after my husband was required to go on dialysis for polycystic kidneys. We had three very young children then and my only chance of survival was to have an allogeneic bone marrow transplant, which at the time was considered experimental. I left my home and children for three months, which was so difficult, and went to Pittsburgh for my transplant.

I have been living a full and very productive life since then. Twenty years!!! It is a great achievement, and I hope that I can be an inspiration to others who are struggling. My hero was my oldest brother, John. Without his marvelous, miraculous marrow, and the grace of God, I don't think I would be here today.

debra