Q. What's Leukemia?
A. It's where your White Blood Cells don't fully mature and then die off. I was diagnosed with AML on January 29th, 2004.
Q. I thought you were in remission from Leukemia?
A. I am. So far so good. Except, as a result of the treatment that I was given to put me in remission (i.e. chemotherapy), I've been diagnosed with what's called MDS.
Q. What's the next step?
A. I start Vidaza on Monday, August 8th, 2005 and eventually will need a second transplant from an unrelated donor.
Q. Why/What/How blah blah blah?
A. A real FAQ from the AADP.
Q. How do I go about being typed for being a donor?
A. Check out the Marrow Organization people.
Q. Who can be typed/become a donor?
A. Join the donor registry. Also check out the Internation Bone Marrow Transplant Registry.
Q. How do I get typed to donate especially for you/a friend/someone else I know?
A. It's unlikely that you would be a perfect match, but again, I encourage you to do so. Getting into the registry is going to help a bajillion people and save a life if you do so.