Monday 3 June 12:36 PM
“My mom Dale was diagnosed with blood cancer — specifically, Myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS-EB2) this past fall. I'll never forget the night she told my siblings and me — we had to utilize group FaceTime due to all four of us kids living in different locations. From that moment on our lives were forever changed.
“She began treatment in her hometown of Albany, NY, and eventually would need a stem cell transplant. Due to her doctor’s connection to Dana-Farber and the Brigham, the transplant would take place at the Brigham. The best news we received was when she got the call that they had found her donor — a 24-year-old male. All we knew was his age and that he lives in the United States, and yet he quickly became a hero in our eyes.
“On April 25, 2019, six months after being diagnosed and going through many rounds of chemotherapy, my mom was admitted to Brigham and Women's Hospital. She underwent five more days of intensive chemo prior to receiving a stem cell transplant on May 1, 2019 — her “rebirth” day. Keeping up a sense of humor, my mom of course sent us a photo of her holding a sign that read, “It's A Girl!” which was posted on the window of her hospital room door.
“As horrific as the situation is, and although we are members of a club no one ever wants to be part of, I feel a sense of peace knowing my mom is in the best hands possible. We have a long way to go, but we are doing our best to remain as a united front, to be the best support system we can be for her, and to keep positive attitudes as we continue on.” -Tori C., daughter of Dale, Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center patient
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