Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML): Melanie's Story

Melanie's transplant experience set her on a new path as a counselor advising other cancer patients. 

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Melanie Stachelski

Wheat Ridge, Colorado
Acute Myeloid Leukemia
Transplanted in 2010

Melanie Stachelski was a young newlywed when she was transplanted. Because of the impact of her transplant experience, Melanie’s life-path took on a new trajectory and she has dedicated her life to helping others facing a cancer diagnosis. “After my transplant, I went back to school to get my Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology, says Melanie, “ I now have a private practice where I specialize in supporting people through every stage of a cancer diagnosis.”  

So here's some sound advice from a counselor. Find ways to take care of your mind, body and spirit. Surround yourself with a good community and accept their help when offered – stay focused on what you want your life to look like after cancer.

When not helping others, Melanie and her husband Ryan are busy with their two boys Lucas and Cole. Melanie reveals, “My life did not go according to the plans we had made, but through this experience I have made a life that is even more beautiful, fulfilling, and rewarding than I would have imagined was possible.”