My name is Sandy, and I am a 42-year-old mother of 3. Last year, I developed a mild fever, and two weeks later, tests showed that I had cancer cells in my bone marrow, and I was diagnosed with diffused b-cell lymphoma.
The treatments were going well for a few weeks, but I started to develop high fevers again. After more tests, my doctor confirmed that I relapsed. This time, the cancer cells had spread to my liver! This relapse came so fast and violent; it is so frustrating and overwhelming. If my next treatments aren’t successful, I will need an unrelated bone marrow transplant.
Sandy is Taiwanese, but her matching donor will most likely be Taiwanese/Chinese, but they only make up 0.7% of the national registry, leaving Sandy with limited options and only a 43% chance of finding a match.