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Living with Graft-Versus-Host Disease

Living with Graft-Versus-Host Disease
Brad Buchanan


This book was launched with a major Zoom event on June 24, 2021.

LIVING WITH GRAFT-VERSUS-HOST DISEASE: HOW I STOPPED FIGHTING CANCER AND STARTED HEALING by Brad Buchanan, PhD, is an intimate and groundbreaking account of managing a sometimes-devastating disease. No other current books combine a synoptic account of GvHD symptoms and treatments with a patient’s own story of surviving.

LIVING WITH GRAFT-VERSUS-HOST-DISEASE tells the story of the author’s survival against the odds, outlines his often rocky path to long-term recovery, and offers unique and important insights into acute and chronic GvHD. Using poetry as a touchstone, it draws on the author’s own experiences as a two-time blood cancer survivor and stem-cell transplant recipient to encourage GvHD patients to move beyond the “warrior” mentality promoted by much of the current cultural discourse surrounding disease, treatment, and survivorship. It also advocates a full understanding of the current best practices in the treatment of GvHD, an attitude of acceptance and emotional openness, and the practice of writing as a self-healing activity.

While recovery from transplant is unique for everyone, first-hand experiences help to tear down the walls of isolation. We are incredibly grateful to people like Dr. Buchanan who share their personal story. His is both profound and relatable; written with humor, honesty and hope.

—Be The Match®

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