This summer, I was diagnosed with chronic eosiniphilic leukemia after waking up with no feeling in my legs one day in June. We rushed to the hospital, and after some tests, a tumor was found in my spine and emergency surgery was necessary that night. After the surgery, I spent a month at the OSU Medical Campus between the James Cancer Hospital and the Dodd Rehabilitation Hospital and spent a few months doing outpatient rehabilitation at the Martha Morehouse Medical Plaza. I lost the ability to move my legs because of the tumor, but through the help of the physical therapists at Dodd and Martha Morehouse, I was able to regain mobility in a few short months.
I've been determined, as a result, to be in better shape this May than I was last year at the same time. I've been running and lifting weights regularly and my body has never felt healthier. In order to celebrate my mobility, I will be participating in the OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon on April 29, 2017. The training is hard, but it helps to reflect on how lucky I am to have the ability to participate. Thanks to Claire Brock for suggesting and inspiring me to compete.
I'd like to take the opportunity of participating in the race to help raise money and awareness for a cause which I believe in strongly - the BeTheMatch Bone Marrow Registry. Had the miracle drug, Imatinib, not been around, I would have needed a bone marrow transplant to regain healthy status and beat cancer. The process is long, but often, a roadblock in it is the ability to find a match whose bone marrow is compatible with the patient's. If you are inspired by my story, please register yourself with BeTheMatch in their bone marrow registry and/or make a donation to their cause. It takes a worldwide commitment to treat these diseases, and it starts with you.
Thanks, and I'll see you at the race!
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Your gift can add new potential marrow donors to the registry, assist patients with uninsured transplant costs and fund innovative research to improve transplant outcomes.
A marrow transplant can be a life-saving treatment for more than 70 diseases including leukemia, lymphoma and sickle cell. Seventy percent of patients do not have a matching donor in their family. They depend on Be The Match to find an unrelated marrow donor and receive the transplant they need.