Patient Stories

Ocular Chronic Graft versus Host Disease (GVHD)

The Best Thing

When Maria Hasenauer survived her first bout of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) at age 42, it was the impetus she needed to return to school to become a social worker.   Read More

Maria Hasenauer and daughter

Really Quite Wonderful

In 2014, a fortuitous conversation with a nurse led Karen to investigate the possibility of BostonSight® PROSE treatment, available in her area at Wilmer Eye Institute. She found out that her health insurance would cover the treatment...   Read More

Living the Life I Fought For

“As a mother, I began to worry how I was going to do the things I needed to do to keep my family going.” For Sandra, simple things like being able to read her girls a story before bed, began to seem like they would soon become impossible...   Read More

A Happy Person Again

“My eye was always dry and painful,” she says. “It felt like there was sand in it, and I was very sensitive to light. Even in the middle of the night, my eye was so uncomfortable that it woke me up.”...   Read More


“My eyes were blurry and burning all the time. I couldn’t go outside - the wind hurt my eyes too much. I would spend the day sitting on my couch, with a hot rag pressed against my eyes to try and relieve some of the pain.”   Read More

Life - and License - Restored

Eric developed severe dry eye, as well as a host of other issues related to his eyes not normally associated with GVHD. Both of his retinas detached over time, and the surgery to repair them severely damaged Eric’s peripheral vision...   Read More

Creativity Unleashed

Reflecting back on his life at age 82, John Cavaiuolo recalls two miracles: surviving “incurable” lymphoma, and getting his sight back. And he is not letting those miracles go to waste....   Read More

The Language of Eyes

When Lea Morrison, a marathoner and tri-athlete, and her husband Billy wanted to start a family, Lea scheduled a visit with her OB/GYN. After several appointments and multiple tests, Lea received devastating news...   Read More

Dancing to Vintage Vinyl

In 2002, I was diagnosed with a rare blood disorder called myelodysplasia (MDS) and was told that without a bone marrow transplant I would have six months to live. Needless to say, I chose to have the ...   Read More

A Day in the Life

Pick a day when you are going to be me. You have to keep your eyes closed from the moment you wake up. Guess what time it is depending on how bright the sun is...   Read More

Seeing a Way Out

In the spring of 2005, Willard Traub was diagnosed with blood cancer. His bleak prognosis led him to prepare for the possibility of death. He responded by turning to photography as a source of support, healing and inspiration...   Read More