County engineer's wife on road to recoery after marrow transplant


STRUTHERS

Missy Ginnetti began to tear up as she re-read a typed letter from her bone-marrow donor.

Sitting at her kitchen table, with her husband, Mahoning County Engineer Pat Ginnetti, across from her, Missy explained that she doesn’t know anything specific — a name, an occupation, a city of residence — about her donor. In fact, any bits of potentially revealing information, no matter how seemingly minute or insignificant, were blacked out of the letter.

What wasn’t, however, was her donor’s closing: “Sincerely, The other part of your marrow.”

“I wrote back, ‘Dear All of my marrow,’” Missy said, laughing.

It’s true. Within 30 days of her allogeneic stem-cell transplant in late March, Missy’s body had accepted 100 percent of the donor cells — something that often doesn’t happen for up to a year afterward.

Now, more than four years after Missy’s initial diagnosis of stage 3 Hodgkin lymphoma, life for the Ginnettis is beginning to move closer to normal once again. The next big thing, she said, is undergoing tests and scans within the next couple of weeks that will reveal whether “cancer cells [are] showing up anywhere.”

Missy noted that in early March, before her allogeneic stem-cell transplant, she had a completely clear scan. It was the first time that had ever happened.

Read more about her recovery and her special relationship with her donor in Saturday's Vindicator or on Vindy.com.

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