In December 2000 I was
40 years old, married to Ron, with two children, Sara and Matthew, who
were then four and two years old, respectively. I led a healthy
lifestyle, yet I began experiencing shoulder aches and had trouble
catching my breath. After a trip to the emergency room, I was diagnosed
with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). I
stayed at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston for a month, getting
treatments. I returned each month for five days of chemotherapy.
Following 10 months of remission, I had a relapse. A bone marrow
transplant was my only option. I could not find a match in my own
family, but luckily there was a perfect match for me in the National Bone
Marrow Registry. In March 2002, I entered Hackensack University
Medical Center for two months. I needed blood and platelet
transfusions and could not have survived without them. I am humbly
grateful for all of the anonymous people who gave the blood that saved my
life. I am especially thankful to my family, who was my inspiration to
get better. Today I am healthier and stronger and able to walk my
children to school. Life is great again!
Housley family lives in Maplewood. After
Laura's experience, Ron began making regular platelet apheresis
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