7-Point Gratitude Challenge

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Once a month in 2015, my first New Year’s resolution has to do with spreading the advocacy of gratitude, generosity, charity, philanthropy, and service to others.  What better way to accomplish this than to republish the following?  So once a month (starting with the first day of each month and then for a total of seven days, you can expect the following message throughout these ALTACITIES and my other ‘social current see’ (including Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, and Flipboard.

Take my 7-point gratitude challenge.  Make a gift of of any amount (but please consider at least $7) to any of the following suggaested charities in tribute to my 7-year period of remission from cancer. Of course, these are only suggestions (you can make your gift to any cause of your choice).  I just ask that you come back here to make a comment about the experience, adding to the ‘social current see’ of the topic.  Comments can be added below or at any of the common social media sites.  Share the post and pay it forward!
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Welcome to MyHope @ COH Page

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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Timekeeping in the SCT zone

If there has been a lesson and, of course, there have been many that came out of the ocurrence of mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) in 2006, it is that time-keeping has a necessary, but continuous presence.

As of this post, we mark 68 months since my successful stem cell transplant.  That’s 5.66 years or 1833 days.  Does that mean we are cured?

Of course, we hope and pray that is the case, but none of my doctors will proclaim a cure.  Never, for the remainer of my life, can we expect that certainty.  Yet, survival is good and the best outcome of all.  What is it they say about not focusing on the destination, but enjoying the journey?

Dee Dee and I along with our friends Larry Fetters and Kathy Wright spent several hours at City of Hope yesterday (May 10) for the 37th annual BMT Reunion with an estimated 5000 participants. Gathered in Duarte were those BMT and SCT survivors like me (since Aug. 22, 2007). Just a few yards away was the Helford Hospital where my transplant was performed.  As the crowds assembled on the hospital’s north lawn, probably about three dozen transplant patients occupied beds waiting for the day they could also celebrate with us.

Below, Dee Dee and I pose with my chief oncologist Dr. Ryotaro Nakamura. Just a fabulous day to share with the celebrating crowd of survivors, their caregivers, friends, and loved ones. }:{  alt@LINK  }:{  This link provides a slide show of our day.


 

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Reading for a Transplanted Life

Now loaded on my Nexus7 KINDLE app is THE HEALING CELL, touted as an easy to read, carefully researched, and clear-eyed view of medicine many decades in the making. Cancer-free stem cell transplant patients like me know this truth about stem cells that are now paying off with treatments that repair damaged hearts, restore sight, kill cancer, cure diabetes, heal burns, and stop the march of such degenerative diseases as Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, Lou Gehrig’s disease, and (in my case) mantle cell lymphoma.

The emotionally and intellectually stimulating stories throughout the book dramatically illustrate that stem cell therapies can change the way we live our lives after being afflicted by a disease or trauma. The book is the result of a unique collaboration between the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Culture and the Stem for Life Foundation. It includes a special address by former Pope Benedict XVI, urging increased support and awareness for advancements in adult stem cell research.

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Reading for a Transplanted Life

Survivor : She showed me, not she can show you

Roslyn Franken is a proud young adult cancer survivor who knows the power of emotional resilience in the face of change, challenge and adversity. She was born to a mother who survived the concentration camps in Nazi Germany and a father who survived the atomic bomb in Nagasaki, Japan, as a prisoner of war.

When diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma cancer at the young of age 29, Roslyn quickly learned she inherited her parents’ “NEVER GIVE UP” attitude as she herself fought back to become a long-term survivor.

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6 years since our SCT at COH

This coming Friday, May 10, will mark our return to City of Hope, Durate, CA, for the sixth reunion of SCT (stem cell transplant) patients like me. Not surprising is the fact that this is actually the 37th such reunion at the internationally-renowned cancer treatment and research center.

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6 years since our SCT at COH