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What You Need To Know About IMTP and IMHA

As many of my loyal readers already know, I lost my seven year old baby girl, Frenchy, in October of 2012. Since I started this blog, I’ve alluded to the illness that she ultimately died of (IMTP which developed into IMHA) but have not had the strength to write about the disease in depth until now. 1,321 more words

Cocker Spaniels

On doing something

Rest day. I’m nursing a tea at Starbucks near Dana-Farber, killing time before my platelet donation at the Kraft Blood Donor Center. I learned about the Kraft Center when I ran my first marathon with the Dana-Farber team in 2002. 438 more words

Boston Marathon


Last Thursday I checked something off my 30 Before 30 list! I donated platelets!

I added this to my list after hearing how important platelets are when my aunt was very sick with cancer in 2007. 212 more words

30 Before 30

Day +8: Ice cream, cars and mucositis

A quick summary of the video, for those who can’t (or can’t be bothered to) watch it:

Hello… Day +8… no biblical plagues… mucositis worsening… hard to swallow… soup and ice cream… palatial room… opposite nurses station… night-time chatter… good for gossip… getting farther away from Day +0… hopefully engraftment soon… earliest would be Day +10… Bye! 95 more words

Side Effects

Round 5 - or is that Round 3?

Sam had his latest round of chemo last week. This was his 5th round in the chemo chair, but technically only his 3rd round of full chemo. 666 more words


On Vector: The platelet whisperers

Yesterday on Boston Children’s Hospital’s Vector I posted a piece about the search for the elusive trigger that gets the body to produce platelets, those little cellular fragments that act like the bloodstream’s bandaids: 122 more words