My name is Brooke. I like sushi, road trips, NPR, reality TV, biology, unsweetened iced tea, and cold beaches. I am 22, a member of the Stanford Class of 2017 (well, I was until this happened, now it’s more like 2019), a pesky pre-med, a Sacramento native and a Bay Area resident.
I was diagnosed with high-risk (Philadelphia positive) acute myeloid leukemia on June 18, 2015 at age 19. I had a sibling matched allogeneic bone marrow transplant on September 24, 2015. Since my transplant, I have struggled with severe acute and chronic graft vs. host disease of the gut, skin, eyes, liver, and mouth. I have also gone back to Stanford for my degree, been accepted to medical school via Mount Sinai’s FlexMed program, blogged and published several articles, and done research at the Stanford Cancer Center and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
I care a lot about improving survivorship and quality of life for young adult cancer patients. I also care about conveying the realities of cancer, even if they are uncomfortable. For more, check out my St. Baldrick’s Honored Kid Page or consider donating to/sharing my Young Adult Survivorship/GVHD Fund. You can find me on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.