LEXINGTON, Kentucky (WKYT) — Some of the people most vulnerable to COVID-19 are getting booster shots.
Such is the case for a Lexington woman who battled cancer and now faces more medical challenges that she takes seriously.
In 2016 Sarah Lister was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. She underwent a bone marrow transplant and ended up spending eight months in the hospital.
“A hundred days after a bone marrow transplant, you are medically vulnerable. It was then in 2016 that I really learned about wearing masks and being extremely vigilant with hand sanitizer and honestly my whole family learned that during my cancer treatment and my subsequent recovery,” Lister said.
Lister’s body reacted negatively to the transplant. As a result, her treatments for graft-versus-host disease has left her vulnerable during the pandemic.
“We never really stopped quarantine,” Lister said.
Lister has now received a third vaccine dose after the first two injections failed to give her the number of antibodies she had hoped for.
She also made the difficult decision to homeschool her children because of growing concerns about the delta variant.
“My little guy is like a big guy on campus, and so it made it all the more difficult not to let him go back because he thrives in that environment,” Lister said.
But Lister sees the silver lining in her situation.
“I like being around to see those ‘aha’ moments for my kids’ learning, so that’s another positive in all of this,” Lister said. “I feel like I know my kids a lot better.”
She thinks society will come out of this more considerate of those who are immunocompromised.
“I hope there will be more compassion for those who are medically frail, who are taking the plunge to go out into the world again and that world could very much kill them by touching the wrong thing,” Lister said. .
Lister noted that she supports public schools and their willingness to return to normal, but says it was not good for her family to send her children to school.
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