04 Mar '17, 4pm

Pharmacy student Sara is holding 4 bone marrow drives motivated by her pharmacist mom Jane, newly diagnosed w MDS.

Pharmacy student Sara is holding 4 bone marrow drives motivated by her pharmacist mom Jane, newly diagnosed w MDS.

My mom is a pharmacist and I currently attend the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy. When she was diagnosed with breast cancer last year, I was shocked and sad but I wasn’t scared. To me, breast cancer was one of the “normal” cancers. I remember the exhausting days and weeks following her surgery and radiation treatments, but we happily got to celebrate her return to health. After a few short cancer-free months, doctors began to investigate “weird” blood levels. Mom would send me her labs, and I would review them with professors, trying to come up with an answer for what was going on. In December 2016, she was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndromes . When I got the call, I was not only upset but scared. The fear I felt was not only of another cancer diagnosis. It was fear of the unknown. I’d never heard of MDS, didn’t know how it worked, how it was tr...

Full article: http://www.aamds.org/patient-chronicles/sara-massey

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