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    Loss (Body part/function): Lung damage, skin rash & joint pain from transplant.

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    Celebration (Birthday): I have celebrated 3 years of my re-birthday! I am 100% donor cells 3 years later.

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    Other Care (Hospitalization): Hospitalized for one month, lodged in an American Cancer Society housing, home care from PT, OT, RN from Lifetime Care. Husband is caretaker. Had several hospitalizations since 2016 transplant for acute illnesses.

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    Side Effects (Bone thinning (osteoporosis)): There are at least ten side effects on the list of side effects. I experienced side effects of chemotherapy, the stem cell transplant (neutropenic), idiopathic thrombocytopenia; weight loss, anemia, dry eyes, mouth sores, constipation, bone pain, osteoporosis from steroids, weakness & inability to walk unassisted. All comes with a stem cell transplant in an older patient. Recovery was about 2 years. Chronic GVHD of the lungs now but doing well.

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    Oh No (Just Diagnosed): Diagnosed with a very rare bone cancer; Myeloproliferative Neoplasm that was Myelofibrosis.

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    Decision Point (Had to decide to have a stem cell transplant or not. Given a 50/50 chance of survival.): It was going to be a long arduous recovery and I was warned of it's difficult recovery. It took at least a year to regain my strength but chemo brain stayed with me for about 2 years.