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Showing posts from August 17, 2008

One-Year Anniversary Arrives

Light One Small Candle
Originally uploaded by Mashael Al-Shuwayer (( Female )) Today, August 22, marks my one-year anniversary for the stem cell transplant from an unrelated (overseas) donor. Today, we are cancer free and back to work full-time on a Monday through Thursday schedule in the office, working from home on Fridays.

If you have been following my blog, you know what a journey this has been, but the outcome is everything we had hoped. Only one recent disappointment: the identity of my donor will not be known for another year due to the confidential policy of the collection location. We had thought that this information would come around the one-year anniversary, but now it is confirmed that we will wait another 12 months for that information.

My Cancer Survivor Story About to be Published

Blogger's Note: One of the items on my calendar for several months now has been participation with a Canadian group of cancer survivors who have collaborated on a book that tells their collective experiences with cancer.

My story is to be included in their book that is due to be released in a special book launching to take place on August 23rd as part of the Ottawa, ON, Canada, celebration of Dancing in the Street. Celebrate Life. Celebrate Survival. Here is my chapter of the book. Sometime in the next 30 days or so I will have copies of the book to share with family and friends.
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Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma

Living with any serious disease can be a test. If you or a loved one has been there, perhaps you can identify with my story. We all hear the mind-numbing statistics: one in four people will have some form of cancer in a lifetime; one in three families will see a loved one live, perhaps die with cancer. (Source: American Cancer Society)

Still, such data s…