I've got a CLL buddy who has just been diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome, which is basically bone marrow failure. I'm not clear if this is transformation of her CLL or a secondary malignancy. Either way, she is facing a decision about undergoing an autologous bone marrow transplant.
She is in her late 60s which is on the cusp of eligibility for the procedure. She is physically fit, eats right, and has no other comorbidities that I know of. She has outstanding care at Lombardi Cancer Center in Washington DC and at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore.
She has been given the grim survival facts and is pretty depressed. She is more worried about surviving the BMT than anything else.
I am looking for positive BMT survival stories to help cheer her up, especially for older patients in their late 60s. Anybody have a good story to offer to her?
Geoff, Washington DC