After recovering several years ago from salivary gland cancer and the surgeries required to overcome it, Grace quit her job as consultant for Ernst & Young and joined Tzu Chi full-time. She saw the cancer and the treatment as a lesson of life, and an opportunity to make life-changing decisions.
What’s so mysterious is that the salivary gland cancer, or its treatment, has no plausible connection to her present condition, Acute lymphoblastic leukemia – and the chances of having two so unusual and atypical types of cancer within two years are mind-bogglingly small.
This is why the doctors want her to go through a bone marrow transplant – with her history, nobody can account for the chances of recurrence of the leukemia or some other type of cancer. A bone marrow/blood stem cell transplant will significantly reduce the risk of recurrence, and potentially save many years of her life.