First confirmation of an acceptable donor

I talked with the Transplant folks at West Penn yesterday, and they let me know that, for the first time, we have a confirmed donor. This person is a young female, who matches 10/10 on the DNA (HLA) markers, and has completed all of the requisite testing. She will continue to undergo further testing. As well, there are two other individuals, also 10/10 matches, who are in the process of completing all of the other testing.

So potentially we will have the pick from among three donors.

For Beth, there was a moment of celebration. Then she realized, “I’ve been feeling pretty good these last few weeks. But pretty soon, I’ve got to go in, do the chemo, do the radiation, and then it’s a whole new kind of struggle.”