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Late Effects

Part 3: My Donor, Our Hero

June 2, 2014 mhyh 0

Five months to the day after I received my new heart, I received yet another blessing. In the mail was a letter from my donor family. Before I even opened the envelope, I was overwhelmed with tears. Amidst their pain, they had reached out to me, and I knew that in a moment I …

Part 2: My Diseased Heart

May 30, 2014 mhyh 0

Six hours after receiving the call, stating that a heart was gifted to me, we arrived at the Cleveland Clinic. I walked into the ICU at 8:30am where I was prepped for surgery. They placed IV and arterial lines, drew several tubes of blood, and we spoke with my surgeons. My f …

Late Effects Side Effects Resources

November 13, 2013 mhyh 1

Survivors, myHeart is pleased to provide you with a list of late side effects resources compiled by Dr. Tiffany Scharadin. Dr. Scharadin is involved in molecular research within the oncology field at the University of California in Davis, CA. Tiffany is also the daughter of t …

I Never Knew

August 8, 2013 mhyh 2

‘I NEVER knew’, three little words with potentially devastating consequences to the cancer survivor’s future health and wellbeing. ‘I NEVER knew’ that cancer therapy could hurt my heart. Three words that break my heart AND fuel my passion: always …

Less Toxic Treatments hold the Promise for Decreasing Late Effects

July 18, 2013 mhyh 0

I think most, if not all individuals, diagnosed with any from of cancer, want the MOST effective, yet LEAST toxic treatment to CURE the cancer, yet protect future health and wellbeing by minimizing one’s risk for  late effects of cancer treatment. Sadly, up to this po …

Infographic: Risk Factors For Secondary Cancers

June 6, 2013 mhyh 0

Because the risk of developing a secondary cancer as a late effect of life-saving therapy evokes fear in the heart of every survivor, MHYH in collaboration with our friends at the Eric D. Davis Foundation developed this infographic to educate and equip survivors regarding tho …

Late Effects of Cancer Therapy

May 9, 2013 mhyh 0

It has been said that the greatest threat to a survivor’s future health is his/her lack of knowledge about the potential late effects of cancer treatment. So, what is the ‘little black dress’ that we, survivors, especially survivors of childhood cancers MUST …

Future Fertility among Survivors

April 24, 2013 mhyh 0

Will I be able to have Children? Lillian Meacham, MD This is a tough question I hear almost every week in survivor clinic. We know the cost of cure can sometimes include ovarian or testicular damage which can affect a survivor’s ability to begin puberty, continue to make ma …

Fade to Black

April 20, 2013 mhyh 2

If you read yesterday’s post, then you know that 04/19-4/21 of 2008 goes down as one of the single most incredible, most difficult, and most terrifying weekends I have ever walked through in my 42 years on the planet. It’s mind-boggling to me that my lived experi …

Do NOT Let Me Die: 04/19/2008

April 19, 2013 mhyh 2

What do I remember of this day 5 years ago? To be quite candid, I remember very little, yet the events of this weekend 5 years ago altered the landscape of two families forever. Having been taken by air from Dekalb County Airfield in metro Atlanta to Burke Airfield in Clevela …