Make Me Stronger

A call to action. A cry for help. An opportunity for you to realize your power to give strength to someone affected by a blood cancer (Leukemia, Lymphoma, and Myeloma). Get involved. Make someone stronger.

About

A call to action. A cry for help. An opportunity for you to realize your power to give strength to someone affected by a blood cancer (Leukemia, Lymphoma, and Myeloma).  Get involved.  Make someone stronger.

#MakeMeStronger is for each of the individual “me’s” that make up the collective “we” who are affected by cancer. Each person has a story. Each person has been moved to action for a reason. And each action taken has made someone stronger. We choose to celebrate the actions that make people stronger, and aspire to inspire other people to take actions within their control to give momentum to this movement for strength.

For the patient, we want to provide a platform for them to share, in their own words, the types of things that make them stronger. A date for chemotherapy? Sharing their story with new and more people? Registering to be a donor? As a patient, each of these actions “make me stronger.”

For the donor, we want to provide a platform for them to share, in their own words, their donor experience. Why did they decide to become a donor? What inspired them to follow-through? How do they feel now that they have literally given life? As a donor, sharing of these actions “make me stronger.”

For the caregiver, we want to provide a platform for them to share, in their own words, their experience. How do they find strength to give strength? What do they fall back on in challenging times? What do they do as time passes? As a caregiver, sharing this knowledge and these resources will “make me stronger.”

For the anonymous angel, who may not be directly affected by cancer but is still inspired to participate, we want to provide a creative platform for them to share their experience. A creative approach to bone marrow registration drives? An emotional connection based on a post or a story they have seen? A natural human desire to care and give? As an anonymous angel, sharing new ideas for how I can make a difference will “make me stronger.”

5 comments on “About

  1. emilywalsh688
    October 3, 2013

    Hi there! I was just checking a few of your posts and had a quick question about your blog. I was hoping you could email me back when you get the chance -emilywalsh688 (at) gmail.com- Thanks : )

    Emmy

  2. Sunhil
    December 30, 2012

    Can any one help n explain more on cll ????elaborate acts on dos n donts. N digonistic chk to move on .you all are explaining the final solution .wwhat are the treatments of CLL N LIFE EXPETENCAY

    • T
      March 9, 2013

      CLL is when the body makes too many immature lymphocytes, which are a type white blood cell (WBC). WBCs are part of our immune system and help fight foreign bodies, such as viruses. When too many lymphocytes are produce they begin to build up in the body, namely in the bone marrow. This leads to a reduction in the number of red blood cells, platelets and other white blood cells. CLL is often diagnosed after a routine blood test which should highlight changes in cell concentrations.

      As a result of an increase in the WBC count, lymph nodes will appear enlarged and this can help with the diagnosis of CLL. However, lymph nodes tend to become inflamed when one has an infection, such as the flu. Some further tests should be conducted to confirm the prognosis. Examples of these are: CT and x-rays which look at how many lymph nodes are affected by CLL, and lymph node and bone marrow biopsies which examine the concentration of CLL.

      The stages of CLL. The binet staging system has three stages: A, B, and C. Stage A is described as 3 areas (or less) of inflamed lymph nodes. Stage B is described as more than 3 areas of inflamed lymph nodes. Stages C is described as a decrease in RBC count, platelet count or both. Transformation occurs in a small group of people. It is a rapid progression in CLL and CLL could change and ‘transform’ into another type of leukemia.

      The chances of get CLL increase with age and is more likely to occur in those with a familial predisposition. Men are more susceptible than women and it tends to be more prevalent in Europeans. it is quite rare in Asians. It is not infectious.

      Symptoms include breathlessness, anemia due to a reduction in RBCs, frequent infectious due to a reduction in WBCs, night sweats, easy bruising and weight loss.

      Treatments for CLL include: chemotherapy, steroids, monoclonal antibodies, stem cell transplants and radiotherapy.Each of these will have side effects. Doctors will either use these treatments either in isolation or in combination depending on the severity of CLL, the general health of the patient, age etc. If you want to know more about the treatments, i.e. how they work and their side effects check out the Macmillan Cancer Support website.

      Life expectancy will defer for each patient. It will depend on their stage of CLL age, general health, whether treatment is effectively etc.

      – hope that helps.

  3. ruchir
    December 28, 2012

    Its not everyday you get to be a hero. Im not a doctor, a police officer or an aide worker, or any number of other individuals who make a significant impact on people’s lives on a day to day basis, so when i heard about the opportunity to become a bone marrow donor, and did research on what it entailed, i knew it was my chance to make a difference in someone’s life. I must admit that the thought to be a donor never crossed my mind before someone close to me was diagnosed with cancer, and a match was her best option to get better, but whatever the reason, the message is to donate. As you read through the stories on this website, my friend, Ekata, has many people pulling for her. There are numerous posts on her behalf, and its the least we can do for her. And while Ekata was my reason for donating and posting, every person knows an “Ekata”, and every patient needs support. As another friend of mine has already been a donor and shared how simple and painless the process is, there really is no reason not to donate. Donating is the single greatest gift that i can give to someone and my chance to be a hero, its your chance to, so please donate now.

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