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BY Omar Dirani

I had symptoms of non-Hodgkin lymphoma in the spring of 2008, though I didn’t recognize them at the time. The first was a severe headache, which was initially diagnosed as a migraine. The second was a persistent dry cough, which was diagnosed as asthma.

Later, I started losing weight and sweating profusely at night. But it didn’t occur to me to mention these things to my doctors. I just thought my new diet was finally working....

Non-Hodgkin lymphoma survivor Omar Dirani stands in front  of a wall with shrubs on either side. He has a beard and bald head and is wearing a blue shirt.

BY Jon Hendren

I’d never heard of myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) before I was diagnosed with it in November 2019. So, I didn’t know it was a bone marrow...

BY Connor Johnson

I’m a statistics guy, so when my doctor explained that a stem cell transplant offered me the greatest odds for surviving acute myeloid leukemia...

BY Ronda Wendler

Connor Johnson was eager to return to his job as a licensed electrician after recovering from COVID-19 last spring. But his enthusiasm was short-lived when, only three weeks after going back to work, he was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML), a type of blood and bone marrow cancer.

“I knew something was wrong, because my smartwatch kept alerting me that my heart rate was elevated,” he recalls. “I’d rest a while, then I...

Connor Johnson relaxing in easy chair with his dog, Emma. Connor's head is bald, and he is smiling.

BY Steven Champagne

When I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in October 2009, I knew exactly where I wanted to go for my cancer treatment.

Because with...

BY Andrea Spica

During a routine checkup about 20 years ago, my primary care doctor noticed that my blood platelet count was going up. After meeting with...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

If you’re a cancer patient who was fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before having a stem cell transplant or receiving a CAR T cell infusion...

BY Jane Root

Cancer has disrupted my life three times over the past 16 years.

The first time was in 2005, when my late husband, Eli, was diagnosed...

BY Lavernita Martin

The hardest part of my son Desmond’s aplastic anemia diagnosis was knowing that my child was seriously ill and there was nothing I could do...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Between 20% and 70% of patients who receive an allogeneic stem cell transplant as a part of their cancer treatment will develop at least a...