IAmA recipient of a stem cell transplant. 1 year ago I made this account to do an AMA during the process, now feel free to AMA a year later.
Backstory: I have hodgkin's lymphoma. My initial treatment of radiation and chemo failed and I had an autologous stem cell transplant to reset my immune system by wiping out my bone marrow then receiving healthy stem cells which had been previously harvested from my blood to rebuild it.
The process results in a 70% cure rate. Unfortunately it was not effective for me, but after the transplant I was eligible to receive a new, "directed protein" chemo drug which was very effective against my disease. I have also gotten more radiation and am currently disease free.
The stem cell transplant consisted of taking stem cells out of my blood (by taking my blood out of my body and filtering it through a machine) then giving me a massive dose of chemo to kill all of my active bone marrow, then re infusing the stem cells back into my blood stream. I was isolated for about a month due to a lack of immune system.
AMA while I scrounge up some proof
look at my weird eye shortly after my transplant my immune system attacked my eyes, which caused some scar tissue so that now one of them doesn't dilate properly. If it happens to get worse I may have to have surgery on them.
I'm working on pictures