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Inspirational Stories


stage 4 mantle cell lymphoma (MCL)

San Rafael, CA

After 16 years, my oncologist still calls me her Miracle Patient. At diagnosis, I had Stage 4 mantle cell lymphoma (MCL), and 90% of my bone marrow was a cancerous mush. After months of punishing inpatient chemo, I was emaciated, bald, and “against all odds” in remission. But to survive I needed an allogeneic bone marrow transplant. The problem was that my only possible donor had vanished 30 years earlier. Cancer taught me how to redefine family, how to forgive, and how to embrace a glorious second chance at life.