Celebration Archive

NCMLS Turns 10!

It’s hard to believe that the journey that has become the National CML Society began 10 years ago! On August 3, 2007, awareness became action with the formation of Carolyn’s Hope which became the NCMLS in late 2009. These years have been filled with some of the highest highs and the deepest lows. We’ve had the

Turning Awareness into Action.

Throughout the month of September, blood cancer awareness activities and events have been going on around the world. Just days ago on 9/22, we observed the “Super Bowl” of awareness for the Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML) community with World CML Day. The collective hope is that someone, somewhere, would learn more about CML and better

How much do you want to remember? A survivor reflects on her cancer anniversary

I forgot my cancer anniversary this year.  Somehow, the date that that is forever embedded in my memory slipped my mind.  My children reminded me of this over dinner except they called it my birthday causing me to stare at them perplexed.  They stared back at me and asked, “Isn’t today, like, your birthday or

Reflections on 9/22 – From Awareness to Action

Tri-fect-a /trīˈfektə/ – a run of three wins or grand events. September is an “awareness” trifecta at my house. September 22 is CML Awareness Day and the entire month is designated Leukemia Awareness and Childhood Cancer Awareness month. While I’m honored to have the privilege of guest writing the blog post for the National CML

High Flyin’ Survivor

We recently had the opportunity to take some time to get to know NCMLS friend, Kim Collum McGinnis and hear how a Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia diagnosis has changed her life. It was May 2009 when she received the diagnosis of CML and found herself spiraling downward into one of the toughest times in her life.

What does survivorship mean to you?

With television shows like Man vs. Wild, Get Out Alive, and Worst Case Scenario, writer and adventurer Bear Grylis knows all about braving the roughest and most treacherous aspects of nature. While he may be known more for his dramatic adventures on the Discovery Channel, his acquaintance with survivorship goes far beyond the 39 –

Are You In?

Have you ever asked someone “are you in?” when planning a trip or activity? It’s quite likely that you may be nodding your head as you read this and saying “yes!” These three words are found in all types of conversations but never more profoundly when one is in need of a true friend’s support

Daylights, Sunsets, and 2199???

The Tony Award winning Broadway production, Rent, follows the story of a group of young, impoverished artists and musicians as they attempt to survive and live in New York City. As they struggle with paying their rent, drug addiction, and HIV, they develop relationships that transcend their circumstances. It is those circumstances that lead them

Celebrate My Life: Justin Ozuna

At the age of twenty-four, Justin Ozuna became a first in his family – the first to be diagnosed with cancer, specifically CML. It was January 2006 and he was living in Wichita Falls, Texas. Justin says, “CML has impacted my life in a number of different ways. As a young adult living with cancer,

Celebrate My Life: Barb Stanley

Adventuresome, daring, and all around fun gal are just a small sampling of the adjectives used to describe Barb Stanley.  Her list of hobbies and adventures include everything from camping in the mountains with her girlfriends, to driving a race car.  Barb lets very few opportunities to seize life at its fullest pass her by.