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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 disorder that could turn into acute myeloid leukemia. 

But I learned very quickly how serious it was after two local oncologists told me I didn’t have much time left. Treatment would only buy me a little more. I thought, “That’s bull crap,” and started looking around for a third opinion....

MDS survivor Jon Hendren on a woody hilltop in Pisgah National Forest in Oct. 2020

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...

BY Rolando Vedia

When I enrolled at MD Anderson UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences in 2017, I never expected to write most of my master’s thesis without being able to go into the lab. But when MD Anderson’s labs closed to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the spring of 2020, we had to adjust so quickly that I did the majority of my thesis writing at home. I was glad to have very supportive members of laboratory and my defense committee, especially...

Graduate student Rolando Vedia holds a  beaker in the lab while wearing a white coat, medical-grade face mask and blue gloves.

BY Devon Carter

The FLT3 gene helps stem cells mature to red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets in a process known as differentiation. The gene...

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 Lindsay McClure

Before I was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in December 2018, I’d never heard of MD Anderson. And cancer doesn’t run in my family,...

BY Julie Hildebrand, M.D.

As a physician, I never expected to be diagnosed with cancer myself — much less four times before age 50. But by the time I got to MD Anderson...

BY Ashley Snider

I am a bit of a hypochondriac, so I’ve diagnosed myself with cancer on more than one occasion. But I never believed it would actually happen...

BY Emma Letterman

Not long after my acute myeloid leukemia diagnosis in May 2019, my local oncologist said I’d probably need a stem cell transplant. At the...