Aug 19, 2014|
Amy was diagnosed with MDS two weeks after she finished her sophomore year in college. She had been feeling tired and generally not too well for about a month. Eventually, she went to see her primary care physician who noticed her blood counts were off and recommended that she see a hematologist. She had chemo and eventually needed a stem cell transplant. Her brother ended up being a perfect match and was her donor. Melissa, is a nurse practitioner in the Stem Cell Transportation Program. She has been with Dana-Farber for 8 years. Today is the 4th anniversary of Amy's stem cell transplant.
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Peace he said WEEI special broadcast. -- just -- routine annual WEEI -- and Jimmy Fund radio telethon presented by our -- insurance foundation. Now broadcasting from Fenway Park -- John Dennis and Gerry Callahan and -- and then hand them. Welcome back my friends. We're well under way for the thirteenth annual WEEI -- Jimmy Fund radio telethon live from Fenway Park our goal. To exceed last year's three and a half million dollars we give us more scoreboard numbers of -- can. Over the years the Jimmy Fund has raised more than 948. Million dollars since 1948. That's approaching a billion that is pretty sure that's approaching a billion. But 52 million away from a billion including 73 million in 2013. And I think this is important. 89 cents of every dollar raised today and through any Jimmy Fund event supports the Dana Farber lifesaving mission and by the way that 89 cents every dollar. Consistently has him rated as a four star rating the highest of beta available from Charity Navigator. Patient care. Check this out 362285. Adult and pediatric outpatient clinic visits. And infusions in last year alone. 362000. They're doing a lot of work and employees 3997. And you gonna meet somebody somewhere who was a patient. Who was a great success story and you see you know what I was a part of that because I donated exactly. Right and an answer all of that to say this all the while I just ahead. Requires a great deal of money that's why we -- here today picked up the phone 8777381234. You know the book at our guest this year jury. We gossip more by dollar that they're only. Giving us attractive -- that's true it's amazing I guess just know that the balance things out because whistle only -- work that well that worked so well that way. I had two more I'd like to -- people like introduce you to -- at -- blame a tiger it is not a case. It's -- if she's 23 she's from Lancaster. And Melissa Cochran who is a nurse practitioner stem cell transplantation program. The Dana Farber now Amy was diagnosed with -- -- of this plastic syndrome that estimate correctly yet what does that mean. I basically -- my name on -- stopped making it correct blood cells can hand though. I didn't have really and you red blood cells or white blood cells or planets -- Actually what was the story leading up to your diagnosis and tell me about the day of the diagnosis. I was just finishing my sophomore year of college Matt Stone mountain and I was really tired and I struck out all the time so. Eventually I went to my. Pediatrician. And she does some blood America that I had. On now are. Just -- I didn't expected to be cancer thing and all client like -- abnormal so then. She sent me to a human technologist in Worcester who told me that I could either go to. Dana Farber or UMass memorial and I ended up going to dean of Harvard and that's -- Agnes good choice yes yes very into why. Well I. Don't think I'd be as healthy as I am today and it wasn't for them. I had. Excellent care in hospital and in the clinic. And my nurses -- Amazing and they actually inspired me to go to -- School really that happens a lot doesn't it. Because it seems that a lot we've heard a lot of stories from people who want to remain involved with the clinic or nursing in general. What why is that I guess they can relate to what's happening and how how much you're helping people. Yeah I think it's such a powerful experience and -- young people who have their lives and careers ahead of them. Sometimes wanna give back or are you know stay connected to. The experience that they had that's a very tangible way it changed you what we had planned before. I'm I want it to go into resurgence ecology and kind of study. Not -- other social psychology and. You could still do that I mean it can be in nurse. Now specialize in something along those lines but do you think it in some ways your experience made you better make you better person. Definitely I think that I appreciate. That the little things in life -- and what. Like I don't get as upset about things that used to bother me a little you know what what like what the bad hair day what used to believe that the just -- Like -- see a lot of people on like these answers -- complaining about things that. Our trivia like maybe I like traffic there. Like. At periods are some things went in the grand scheme of things it's not -- -- it may seem time. So reset your priorities that yet. Now we'll -- -- from a traffic going you know come here wouldn't be easy thing to -- we're going to Dana Farber you get past that and and you obviously have. How are you doing now did you get to go through -- would you do its radiation. Yes I. Had induction chemo and then I am often had a stem cell transplant I had. Steam now in total body irradiation. Doing that and that has cents a transplant from my Brothers and -- -- Really. What was the treatment protocol and long. Yeah completely and. Had an Edwards here's our end he'll answer might mean that you'll him yet. Does seem like you spent an inordinate amount of time in the hospital what was the protocol how often along I spent 31 days. In around. First to get -- mention and then I had about a month off and that I was back in for thirty days for transplant. Tell me about the environment in the -- Often the Jimmy Fund clinic but it's still all the nurses and that there's factors as doctors are all. Just -- and -- I'm very hopeful. They have a lot of like they have like ipads it. And computers because sometimes the extra long time since. Pakistan -- -- You made a conscious decision to take a longer trip treatment of Boston and Dana Farber obviously because it's it's it's world renowned is it reassuring to know that you are probably in the best place to make a difference know that that. People were treating you were the best in the world. Yeah my name my doctor did a really good job of reassuring me when I was diagnosed so IA. Wasn't really. As. Scared as maybe. Other people are and just. And I he'd he'd told me like. You have smile as classic in him but we can treat this -- -- you're going to be fine. Melissa it is is there a feeling among the staff among the practitioners among the nurses the doctors the researchers that you are the best place. That that more is required -- you that you were held to a higher standard you think you're working in one of the great institutions in the country. Well I personally feel that I'm working in the past place in the country for cancer care and I just love what I do in love coming to work and I think that. It doesn't. I don't think we feel compelled to do better we just we do it that's what we do and I think that's Kirby says and the halls and Dana -- People just wanna do the best they can serve people waking me you know and they inspire us to have to be our best. This is sports questions that'll probably sounds stupid is there any competitive aspect. To what all of you do within the walls of the Dana Farber. Minute you're naturally outdo each other -- it is this or you don't they do that to you kind of be nicer than the next Knesset and a ridiculous yet here you -- I gotta be honest. You -- a little weird I've been there a lot medal of nurses there ridiculously nice. Occasionally in the real world to -- a really really nice person. When you go into their farming like a thousand of them it's true that you like that before you get there when you get into the indoctrinate him and they take on the mean an audience. Mean me being like that before we get there really. -- picture Ambien mean until they get yeah. At 6 o'clock we believe that in the media that they bring about a some lab took a lot of the things and make a nice what I mean I'd love to be kids on girls Coco in there because it must be another -- wants sole. Caring and giving it that your -- annual nerves. Good thing now was the nicest person there. It's hard. It has twisting Europe's -- happen yeah well -- -- into the top ten and I. Amy -- very nice to meet you Anthony continued good look listen Cochran thanks for much for take some time.