Last Friday I attended the Cowden Foundation GVHD Symposium in Cleveland, Ohio. Oncology Researchers, Physicians, Nurses, Bone Marrow Transplant Survivors and Caregivers/Families participated in this highly informative event. Both professionals and lay people sat together and learned about the most current research in the field of Graft Vs. Host Disease (GVHD), a sometimes life threatening, often debilitating condition, that occurs following a life saving Bone Marrow Transplant.
The day was one filled with mixed emotions.
Gratified to learn of new research on the horizon;
Irritated by the lack of funding available for such a rare condition;
Grief stricken by the parents who lost their child to life threatening effects of GVHD;
Emotionally charged seeing young and old survivors trying to create meaning to their “new me”,
Supportive of Christy, a young woman bravely preparing for her own Bone Marrow Transplant.
DON’T GIVE UP!
Thank you Cowden Family for their vision to promote GVHD Research!!!