Skip to comments.A Lifesaver Out of Reach, for Want of a Profit
Posted on 10/20/2009 7:42:57 PM PDT by grey_whiskers
Scrambling to get 60 seconds out of every minute, Katie Meacham finally got the boyfriend to take her for a carriage ride in Central Park. He hated it, she reports. He said, You know this is a pity ride, dont you? she said, laughing.
Even though she is just 26, her days and time are at a premium. Ms. Meacham lives on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, but she is also a citizen of another country: cancer land. She has a kind of aggressive lymphoma, a disease that ruins the blood.
(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...
Please consider donating: it's a *lot* harder to match blood types than it is to match for a marrow donation.
Well . . . it seems the NY Times is good for a few things still. I donate every year.
I think you have it backwards. Marrow matches are much more difficult.
A friend of mine, Bill Elkins, now retired, did a lot of the early research on bone marrow transplants for treating cancer. We sometimes sail together in the summer.
Out of curiosity, I just googled him and turned up some of his work:
I have Leukemia and will need a BMT at some point.
My Brother has a 25% chance of matching, even though he has a different Blood Type. We haven’t tested / typed him yet since I have been successful with Chemotherapy. After the end of a three year Remission, I just completed another cycle. So far, so good.
Odds are I will have to have a Non Related Donor which makes the entire BMT process a lot more complicated.
Good for a few things? I doubt it.
Notice how they still managed to work in their “the free market has failed” garbage. And naturally the timing is supposed to help push people into supporting the gov’t healthcare takeover.
Nevermind that this is yet another government-created storage, just like with organs. Let people be compensated and the supply would grow ten or a hundred fold, just like with organs.
My oldest friend that I met when I was 12 yo died in July of lymphoma. She had the transplant but it didn’t work. 49 yo is too young to die. :(
What type of lymphoma does she have - I have Mantle Cell Lymphoma (currently incurable), but went through a hyper-agressive chemo regimen (M.D. Anderson protocol) followed by autologous stem cell transplant (my own stem cells).
5 years - no tumors, come December ...
Don’t ask me why - I should be dead ...
No doubt the Times has its own agenda. Just the same, I donate every year to Rush's lymphoma drive. It's a worthy cause.
You have my condolences.
I'm glad it looks like you are in remission.
Keep Katie in your thoughts and prayers.