Meet Janine Hewitt of Port Charlotte, Florida
Surviving, thankful and happy to share her lessons learned.
Janine, second from left with her family.

I remember sitting in a doctor's office on that December morning almost four years ago, watching as the doctor entered with my blood test results.  The results would reveal I had AML leukemia. It still gives me chills just thinking about it. I was only 43 years-old and had no symptoms except a nasty cold that wouldn't go away. I was diagnosed after having some routine lab work, a repeat lab test, and finally a bone marrow biopsy. I was in total shock, as were my husband and three children.

I went into remission after the standard hospitalization and consolidation chemotherapy treatment, and after six months went back to work. At that time, my hematologist advised that my subtype of AML, although aggressive, was favorable and not initially treated with a bone marrow transplant. A transplant would be an option only if a relapse occurred. I was hoping to never ever hear those dreaded words again: "AML." However, approximately 15 months later the original leukemia came back along with a new mutation. I was devastated. My physician advised that for any chance of long-term survival, I would need an allogenic bone marrow transplant. So, I endured another long hospital stay and was put back in remission while my siblings were tested for a match. Thank God, my brother, Ed, was a perfect match! I had the transplant on November 26, 2013, at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida. 

Janine and her brother Ed.

Janine in the hospital.
For more of Janine's  story  and tips to  navigating  the BMT 

New Telephone GVHD Group, Sept. 8, 15, 22, and 29. Accepting participants now, limited space!
This four week series on Tuesdays from 7 pm - 8:15 pm, is an incredible opportunity for those suffering with GVHD to talk to experts in the industry and learn from each other. It's a commitment so please check your calendars and be sure you can participate all four nights. 
From our last session: participants were asked what they liked best about the series:
"Knowing I am not alone. There are other people in the world feeling and dealing with the same difficulties."
As one participant said, "The best part was learning from the experts in treating GvHD. Also, hearing other folks issues and how they were resolved."

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We're thrilled to announce that we have a new book in the works and available this fall. Many of you might remember it as the 'Survivors' Guide for Bone Marrow/Stem Cell Transplant,"  What to Expect and How to Get Through It. It is for those about to start their transplant journey with advice from survivor Keren Stronach and many other survivors regarding the before, during and after of BMT. We're so thankful to our many sponsors for without their support this book would not be possible. All Link Partners will be recognized in the beginning of the book.
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Transplant survivors celebrate two birthdays each year, the day they were born and the day of their transplant. 

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