News from Shirley Griffin

Health challenges

On January 5, I was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia and sent by ambulance to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.  Three months later, after chemotherapy to kill the bad cells and a stem cell transplant from my brother Michael to give me a new immune system, I’m back home slowly recovering.  My immune system will rebuild over the year, with the first 100 days being the most vulnerable for infection and graft v. host disease.  I’m hoping to be cured, of course, but I could relapse or have complications—only time will tell.  The support and love of my family and friends, including my Wellesley buddies, have kept my spirits from flagging, especially as I went through arduous chemo, and continue to be the treasures I found in this ordeal.