Mary, I received the check in the mail today. THANK YOU so very much for your kindness! It is going to help me immensely!! <3
My story goes a little something like this:
On August 18th 2010, I was diagnosed with stage 4 Hodgkin's Lymphoma. I started seeing a local Oncologist who began a chemotherapy regiment. After eight months, my scan came back clear and I was taken off the chemo. A few months later the cancer came back and they started me on another type of chemo. This also helped for awhile, but then the cancer came back. At this point my local doctor referred me to a bone marrow transplant specialist at the Mayo Clinic.
I was in my third semester of school and wanted to graduate with my class, so I asked to postpone the transplant until after I graduated. December 2011, I not only walked across the stage with my class to receive my degree with honors, but was also the commencement speaker and graduated as the "Outstanding Student" for my program.
After graduation it was time for an autogenic transplant. The transplant seemed to be successful for awhile, and then again my scan came back with uptake. At this point, they tried another chemo treatment, and again, it only worked for awhile before the stubborn cancer came back.
Currently, I am on my second clinical trial, and as always, it seems to work for awhile and then the cancer comes back. There is talk of an allogeneic transplant in my near future, so we will take it as it comes. As for now, I focus on life day by day and try to enjoy every one to the fullest!
Thank you so much to the McLean Family for your compassion and generosity! You have made my journey easier, and filled it with more hope and smiles!
Thank you very much for your contribution Mark! Keep those miles, and smiles, coming!
Check out this amazing article/video published by CBS news this past Sunday!
In the fight against cancer, will an unconventional approach end up being on the mark? Patients battling cancers resistant to standard treatments certainly hope so. Our Cover Story is reported now by Susan Spencer of "48 Hours":
Atlanta businessman Mark Beeninga had long made health and fitness a priority.
At age 45 he was preparing to bicycle across the United States. "I was jumping rope for 45 minutes a night, and I was in excellent shape," he said.
"And he's poking around my neck and he goes, 'Oh, Mark, well, what's this?' I said, 'Feels like a golf ball.' And he says, 'Oh, we gotta get this checked out.'
"So we go to this surgeon and he says, 'Oh, you've got cancer and you gotta get this out right away.'"
But Beeninga had no symptoms. "So what goes through your mind when somebody says you've got cancer?" asked Spencer.
"He's wrong, he's wrong," said Beeninga.