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Family House Diaries | Kathy Declue

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Published on Aug 15, 2012

For some chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) patients, the disease progresses slowly and they may never need treatment. For others, like Kathy DeClue of Trinity N.C., the disease was on fast-forward and required aggressive medical attention. Kathy needed a stem cell transplant to treat the cancer of the blood cells.

On April 25, 2012, Kathy received a stem cell transplant from cells donated by her youngest brother, Don Hammed.

"It was a favor I never thought I'd have to ask for. But I would have done the same for him if he needed me to."

Kathy has now returned home after a completing her 100-day post-transplant stay at the SECU Family House.

The 40-bedroom hospital hospitality house minutes away from UNC Hospitals provides comfortable, convenient and affordable housing for seriously ill adult patients and their family member caregivers. It's the ideal residence for patients who may have daily appointments at the hospital or need immediate medical attention.

"We've made life-long friends at Family House and at UNC Hospitals," Kathy continued. "I was treated at other places since I was diagnosed in 2008, but I felt like I had been given up on until I came to UNC. I've been treated really kindly here, and I give them credit for saving my life."

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