Bone marrow transplant patient to share story

Norton Cancer Institute patient Krishana Kraft, 33, welcomes each day with joy

Southern Indiana resident and Norton Cancer Institute patient Krishana Kraft, 33, welcomes each day with joy as she navigates a diagnosis of non-Hodgkin follicular lymphoma.

“God is in the driver’s seat; I’m just along for the ride,” Krishana said, referring to her goal of living life in tandem with God, regardless of the bumps and detours in the road ahead.

Krishana has graciously invited us to ride along on her cancer journey through her “Tandem Living” blog. Her next phase of treatment is a bone marrow transplant.

Background
After graduating from Milligan College in Tennessee in 2001, Krishana moved to Colorado Springs, Colo., to accept her dream job as associate editor of “Brio,” a Christian teen magazine. After many short-term mission trips and adventures, including tandem skydiving from 17,500 feet above sea level, Krishana gave up her editing job in July 2006 to work toward a new dream of serving as a full-time missionary to teens in Austria.

In January 2010, while at a five-week intensive language school in Vienna, Austria, Krishana noticed the sore throat, swollen glands in her neck and fatigue she had been experiencing weren’t getting any better. As soon as she returned home to Southern Indiana, she saw her primary care physician. She then traveled to North Carolina for training in cross-cultural ministry but cut the trip short to come home for more tests. A biopsy found the cancer.

“My cancer has taught me that I don’t have to be in Austria to be a missionary,” Krishana said. “Sharing my faith through my blog is one way I can continue to minister to others worldwide.”

In a recent blog post written just after returning from packing up her apartment in Austria, Krishana expressed gratitude about her upcoming bone marrow transplant.

April 13, 2013
We’ve found a match!!
On Friday we found out that there were two donors found that are both perfect matches, meaning that with the markers they look for they both scored 10/10. They are now deciding which will coordinate the best with my blood type and will proceed from there. This is a huge answer to prayer, and I praise God for these people who willingly made themselves available to potentially give me the closest thing to a cure for follicular lymphoma. I hope I get to personally thank my donor some day!


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