I am now almost 18 months after being “grafted”, and I am recovering pretty well, thanks to the super medical team at Saint Antoine Hospital, my wonderful donor, and my caring family and friends.
Before the graft, with Jaja, we have tried to learn as much as possible things related to “hematology” and “immunology”. Each time we come close to a new subject, such as chronic GvH or photopheresis, we try to “understand”…. Literature search!
More recently, a question came during a sleepless night: why in the search for a compatible donor in allograft the blood group of the donor does not matter? It is kind of strange since, after the new stem cells start to work to produce red blood cells, there is “old red blood cells” which remain in the body. No risk of having to bloods with different groups? After searching on the web, I came across this paper, which explain that everything in related to the immune system: http://www.nature.com/articles/1703135
Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation between red cell incompatible donor-recipient pairs by S.D. Rowley, Bone Marrow Transplantation (2001) 28, 315-321
Reading this paper makes me realized that I am just a beginner in the understanding of “hematology” and “immunology” ;-)!
Anyway, if I was younger, I would be really interested in taking some classes on these subjects! Doing an internship with people at the Saint Antoine hospital hematology department?
Don’t forget to enjoy life! A big hug to everybody :-)!