Thursday, April 13, 2006

autologous stem cell transplant: transitions

Yesterday afternoon I attended another one of the post-treatment support meetings at Sloan-Kettering. This one was titled, "Autologous Stem Cell Transplant: Transitions." I went to the meeting with no particular topic in mind. There weren't any burning questions really. I just thought I'd check it out and see what I could gain from it. Perhaps just the opportunity to meet and hear from other individuals, who had gone through with a transplant was what I was looking for most. Unfortunately, there wasn't much a turnout. I was the sole cancer survivor there for about the first third of the meeting and then, unexpectedly, an elderly woman walked in who was preparing to undergo a PSCT for leukemia. She didn't stay very long after which time, it was just me, the BMT nurse (who specializes in Hodgkin's and Non-Hodgkin's), and the social worker yet again. They said that normally they have about half-a-dozen people in attendance, but perhaps this holiday week had something to do with it. Anyway, the group meets once every two months.

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