Welcome to the March 2020 edition of our nbmtLINK
We hope this issue finds you well and adjusting to our temporarily changed world. We're hard at work developing new programs and answering the call to provide timely information regarding COVID-19. Be well and know you are virtually loved and supported.

Meet Martha, keeping it real and in remission, this peer support mentor shares her compassion and wisdom

"I believe it is important to leave the cancer behind and move on with the rest of life once one has achieved remission," said Martha. "I certainly understand the dread of recurrence, which can be debilitating. However, I counteract that by vowing not to ruin every blessed day of remission I have been given by worrying about how many more I might get. And for those of you who are “newbies” at the remission game, I can say those fears have lessened over time until now the experience almost seems to have happened to someone else, someone I cared about, but not to me."

Lunch & Learn

COVID-19: Guidelines and Coping Strategies for Bone Marrow/Stem Cell Transplant Patients & Their Loved Ones During the Pandemic

Thursday, April 2
This special free one hour audio call in program will address the very real anxiety and despair cancer patients and their families are experiencing during this unprecedented pandemic. Christina Ferraro, MSN, APRN-CNP, BMTCN, Blood and Marrow Transplant Program at Cleveland Clinic will review the current recommendations regarding prevention and debunk unwarranted rumors about how you can prevent getting COVID-19. As well, Jennifer Gillette, our LINK licensed staff social worker will share important insight and coping skills to instill calm. There will also be plenty of time for questions.
Save the Date!

Anxiety and Despair Addressed- I'm Always Worried My Cancer Will Come Back

Wednesday, April 15
(FREE Call In Program)
This free program will address the very real anxiety and despair cancer patients and their families often feel in early remission as well as years later, post-transplant. Dawn Speckhart, PhD, Clinical Health Psychologist at the Bone Marrow Transplant/Leukemia Program at Northside Hospital will share her incredible insight and coping mechanisms sure to result in calm. Juanita McReynolds, a long-time survivor will share her best tips and experiences. There will also be plenty of time for questions. 

To register for this Lunch & Learn, please click below on the link. If you have any technical issues related to registering, please contact peggyburkhard@nbmtlink.org or call (248) 770-5172.The call in information is contained in the form you use to register. Note: YOU call in to participate.
(We do not call you.)

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How We Help Others!
We are a phone call away for patients and their loved ones. From one on one peer support to scheduled call series and webinars, we are ready to ease your burden.
Patients, caregivers and health care professionals are amongst those we aim to help through our valued resource books, programs and one on one calls.
We simply cannot do it without the support of corporations, foundations and individuals willing to make a difference in the lives of others.
We Invite You to Become an nbmtLINK Partner!
Link Partners include cancer centers and allied partners who annually support our mission of providing psychosocial support to patients, caregivers, their families and health care professionals dedicated to helping people navigate a bone marrow transplant. If you would like to learn more about the many benefits (books, programs, hyperlink on our website, bookmark inclusion) to being a Link Partner, please do not hesitate to contact us at (248) 358-1886. Want a free bookmark which lists our many Link Partners? Let us know and we will send you one!

We acknowledge and thank the following Link Partners for their ongoing support

American Society for Transplantation and Cellular Therapy (ASTCT)
Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute
Blood and Marrow Transplant Program at Northside Hospital
Blood & Marrow Transplant Program, The Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals
Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research (CIBMTR)
City of Hope
Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center
Duke Adult Blood and Marrow Transplant Program
Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Network
Henry Ford Cancer Institute
Incyte Corporation
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Meredith A. Cowden Foundation
Nebraska Medicine
Oregon Health & Science University Knight Cancer Center
Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University School of Medicine
Spectrum Health Cancer Center
Stem Cell Transplantation and Cellular Therapy Program, John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center
UPMC Hillman Cancer Center
Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center
Thank your for being a friend of the nbmtLINK. We simply could not do this without you. If you can support our efforts at this time, we thank you in advance. Every dollar helps..

Peggy Burkhard
Peggy Burkhard
Executive Director
(248) 358-1886
National Bone Marrow Transplant Link