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Stay in control of your medical wishes by
planning ahead
Jill Randall Nov 2014
Jill Randall, MSW, LICSW
You may have heard about advance directives (also called a living will or power of attorney for health care) when you were going through the transplant process. You may have even created one. But did you know that it’s just as important for you to have an advance directive now as it was before your transplant? And that if you already have an advance directive, you should revisit it and update it from time to time? Read on to discover why every adult should have an advance directive and how to create or update yours.
'I still think about my recipient today’
Aaron 2015
Aaron, PBSC donor
About 6 years after Aaron joined the
Be The Match Registry he got a phone call that he never expected—he might be a match for a patient who needed a blood or marrow transplant. He went on to donate peripheral blood stem cells, but it wasn’t until later that it fully hit him just what his donation meant to someone. Here, Aaron shares what the experience was like for him, and why he still feels a connection to the recipient even though the two have never met.
What is life after transplant? Share your poetry
or story
You can be featured in our Living Now e-newsletter. Reflect on what life has been like for you after transplant, and share your thoughts in the form of a poem or short story. We’ll share some of the submissions in our next issue of Living Now. You don’t have to be a professional writer to participate! Your heartfelt feelings are what we need. Whether you’re a transplant recipient or caregiver, your words may inspire others. Share your poem or short story with us at by Oct. 9.

Progress in the Treatment of Multiple Myeloma: Part 1 of Living with Multiple Myeloma
Sept. 10, 2015
1:30 - 2:30 p.m. ET

Coping with the Stresses of Caregiving: Part 2 of Living with Multiple Myeloma
Sept. 17, 2015
1:30 - 2:30 p.m. ET

Insurance Denials: How to Construct your Appeal Submission
Sept. 17, 2015
12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m. ET
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Transplant Basics: Understanding Transplant and How it Works
Sept. 23, 2015
12:00 noon - 1:15 p.m. CT
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