Every year (this year the date was May 9), Dee Dee and I try to attend the annual BMT (bone marrow) patient reunion at City of Hope. For us, this was the seventh such reunion, although we have only attended three of these events since my August 2007 transplant. But the good news to share is that we have made it to #7 and expect many more! Always, it is remarkable to see and mingle among the thousands of patients, caregivers, and COH staff at these events.
At this time, not only is it hard to believe that we are more than four years into our “retirement life,” but my treatment is entirely routine, nothing more than periodic follow-up visits to City of Hope. Other than occasional infusions for immune system boosts, my health is better and more “normal” than before the transplant. However, I have been recruited by COH to be part of a clinical study to assay the long-term cardiology effects of stem cell transplants on patients and that study is now underway with periodic testing and examinations at the City of Hope campus.
Whatever we can do to give back to this marvelous treatment center for the gift of life we have been given, it was an honor to be given that opportunity. And speaking of opportunities, please go to the link to see MyHope@COH, the newly-created page where you can join my friends and associates in supporting City of Hope.
For those of you who are not in the loop on these matters, Dee Dee and I also became the proud grandparents of EMMA KRISTINA KARLSTROM, born on May 2nd. You can see the photos and updates in our SOCIAL CURRENT SEE links below.
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