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   - Jaclyn Albanese
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Jaclyn Albanese writes:

My name is Jaclyn Albanese. I was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia in October of 1998, when I was fifteen, a sophomore in high school. I had six months of chemotherapy, which caused my hair to fall out and made me rather nauseous. After the six months of chemotherapy everything was going great until I started to find little red bumps on different parts of my body. I had a biopsy done on one of them and found out that there were cancer cells present, which meant I relapsed and had to get a transplant. When we found out my brother nor anyone else matched my bone marrow, the search for a cord-blood donor started. I was told there were two that were very close matches to me, which is two more than I expected at that point. Before I actually received the transplant, I received radiation and more chemotherapy. I had the transplant in the summer of 1999. After the transplant I was confined to my hospital room for five weeks and when I was able to leave I had to wear a mask over my nose and mouth when in public. During this time I had certain restrictions, such as the food I ate and whom I was around, due to the fact that I was very susceptible to infection. A few months later I was able to eat regularly and not wear the mask anymore.

I have now graduated from Rutgers University and have begun a career working in broadcasting. The last time I went to the clinic for a check-up, I was told not to come back for a year, which is a significant change from past years. My hair has now grown past my shoulders and I feel good, but still have to deal with a weak immune system. If it wasn't for the National Cord Blood Program at New York Blood Center, I have no idea what kind of shape I'd be in right now. I'm thankful for them and all the new research being put into cord blood transplants.

Jaclyn Albanese
Jaclyn Albanese, transplanted in 1999, pictured here several years post-transplant.