A serious health condition may make you feel like you’re all alone. But you’re not. Over the years, many of our patients have shared their stories with us at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance so that we may share them with you.
A little more than a year after her transplant for Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Pamela Clark is cancer-free and busy surfing competitively, promoting surfing for women and raising funds for organizations such as the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Returning from a climb near Mt. Everest in 2004, Matt Fioretti thought his doctors were crazy after he learned he had aplastic anemia.
Working just three days a week at an optometrist’s office, Carolyn Kloke felt very tired and began to experience acid reflux that progressed over time. “I woke up in extreme pain and took an antacid,” Carolyn recalls. “I wasn’t ill but called the doctor the next day. My nurse practitioner found a mass—non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.”
When Oktar Babuna was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia, the search for a bone marrow donor inspired 160,000 people to be tested. “SCCA does more (transplants) than any place in the world ... so I came here. And I’m glad I did.”
Susan Ault moved to the Pacific Northwest to get treatment for her non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. Now a survivor, she’s taken up permanent residence in Sequim.
At 72 years young, Roger Sweet can still pull off 32 chin ups—a feat not many people can claim at any age, not to mention after surviving follicular large cell non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Acute Myelogenous Leukemia Survivor
Cord blood transplant recipient and pioneer, Jessie Quinn received this life-saving treatment at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance in a clinical study for AML at age 35 in 2010.
Bill Matthaei went from a having perfect physical to having plasma cell leukemia in just one summer. He is finally back on his bike after successful treatment at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.
Sacrcoma Survivor, AML Survivor, BMT Recipient Diagnosed at 34 with osteogenic sarcoma, and then with acute myeloid leukemia, Ben Doherty has achieved miracle status and is in remission from all cancers after receiving chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant.
Diagnosed with aplastic anemia at age 17, Jennifer Migliana can’t imagine having had a bone marrow transplant anywhere but Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.