Valley bone marrow recipient relates to GMA host Robin Roberts - Dr. Schriber speaks about myelodysplastic syndrome
SCOTTSDALE, AZ - 23 year-old Timothy Lupton-Stegall has been through a lot in the last year.
"I've been feeling good. It's been an up and downhill battle, but I am pretty strong," he said.
He admits, It's been a rocky road since doctors diagnosed him with cancer.
Lupton-Stegall has been through several rounds of chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and recently needed some help from his sister to keep him alive.
"My sister helped me out and I got a nice bone marrow transplant," he said.
Lupton-Stegall's doctors said the transplant was the best way to encourage his body to create normal cells.
"The treatment of choice in this type of disease is to do an allogenic transplant," said Dr. Jeffrey Schriber, Medical Director with the Cancer Transplant Institute at Scottsdale Healthcare.
Schriber says Lupton-Stegall's battle to recover from the transplant will be similar to the case of Good Morning America's Robin Roberts .
"Without a transplant, it would not be a great prognosis for her, so it's great news that she has a match in her sister," Dr. Schriber said.
With any luck, Roberts and Lupton-Stegall can both make a full recovery and get back to what they love.
For her, maybe it's delivering the news. For him, it's playing sports in the Special Olympics of Arizona.
"Hopefully I am able to start doing all those sports all over again," he said.