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Mary Sansone is a survivor of acute myeloid leukemia. She was first diagnosed in 2016 at the age of 51, and again in 2020. She received a bone marrow transplant at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa in 2020 during the pandemic.
Mary also suffered from depression and alcohol addiction in her past. She has empathy and compassion for all patients and caregivers, especially those suffering with addiction issues.
Mary shares candidly about her own experiences.
June 06, 2023
Lasting guilt gets no one anywhere — especially when it comes to cancer.
May 15, 2023
Looking back on my experiences with leukemia and with alcoholism, I realized that the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous can be applied to life with cancer.
April 19, 2023
Throughout my cancer experience — and my entire life — there were many people who came in and saved my life.
April 11, 2023
After leaving the hospital, I craved the security and support my cancer care team provided me.
March 23, 2023
After going through cancer, I better recognize my triggers for heightened anxiety.
March 06, 2023
After undergoing a bone marrow transplant for my leukemia, I started to have some odd symptoms, and sent wacky texts to my loved ones.
February 18, 2023
When I was undergoing cancer treatment, writing was a creative outlet that helped calm my nerves.
January 30, 2023
After being diagnosed with leukemia, my Golden Retriever, Payton, was my emotional caregiver and gave me the will to live.
January 13, 2023
When I experienced an alcohol and cancer relapse, I fell into a depression. Thankfully, clinicians, loved ones and medicine helped.
December 30, 2022
I’ve been watching a YouTube channel about Borneo orangutans, and realized that these animals remind me of myself after cancer.
December 13, 2022
From ballooning ankles to rashes, there were multiple chemotherapy side effects that I had to deal with — here’s how I did it.
November 21, 2022
As a recovering addict, I was nervous about the painkillers that would come alongside my cancer treatment, but I soon learned that they would be needed.
November 09, 2022
“Was I OK with dying? Would I still be there for my dog? Can I still smoke?” — all these thoughts entered my mind when my oncologist told me that I had leukemia.