One year ago , Patsy Bushee published “Too old for a stem cell transplant?” in MPNforum.
Here are two paragraphs from that article. You can read it all here.
As we were driving home from that first visit in Augusta, I thought about the fact that I may only be alive a few more months. What did I want to do that is different from what I am now doing? Pleasant surprise-not really anything. I have a wonderful life.
By this time I was getting to know people on the MPN Forum, and they had given me good advice and additional understanding on what this was all about. Because of the support I had gotten, I decided to share my SCT with the group, and made plans for my daughter, who was coming from another state to help, and husband to post pictures to the group of the steps that would be involved during transplant. At the age of 63 (I turned 64 on September 16, 2012), I felt I could give hope to older members that they could live through the process. For the younger members, I thought seeing an older gal go through the process might help them. Only hesitated at first because of the real possibility I might die. However, we cannot run from truth in life, so we moved forward. Death is a part of life that we all will face.
One month ago, she tweeted:
This courageous, bright woman with a sharp sense of humor died last week. She described herself as a Christian, Wife, Mother, Granny, Retired English Teacher, Senior Hippy who met the rules. Recovered from leukemia-had stem cell transplant. Cancer free now, Deep South, USA” She will be greatly missed by all of us. She made a great impression on our community and gave courage and hope to many by her example.