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Last season, Veterinarian Dr. Arvid Edward, star of Amazon’s “Pet Doctors of Atlanta,” who is a frequent guest of The Doctors, and his brother Sylvan shared their family health crisis.
Sylvan was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. Luckily, Dr. Arvid was a bone marrow match for his brother and donated his bone marrow to help save his sibling. The brothers return with an update on how Sylvan is doing since the transplant.
"I'm great," Sylvan says of his health. "I'm 100 percent in remission right now, things are going well."
One side effect of the chemotherapy is that Sylvan is now very light sensitive, but he tells The Doctors this is a minor issue.
Dr. Edward says of his brother's journey, "Watching him deal with what he had to deal with and the courage and the strength and the motivation [he had]. I took away from that, there is nothing I am going through that is going to stress me out or that I am going to worry about anymore. He is my hero."
With only 2 percent of the population registered on the national registry, Dr. Arvid and Sylvan hope to raise awareness about the importance being a donor. Dr. Arvid explains that being a donor is not as scary as many may think. He dispels the idea that a needle is stuck into your hip and bone marrow is extracted. He explains that he underwent a series of injections to stimulate stem cells in his bone marrow. Then, his blood was drawn, ran through a machine to harvest the stem cells. Finally, the stem cells were then transfused into his brother. He says the process was not painful.
Sylvan adds, "My goal going forward is to keep fighting and spread awareness."
The first step to finding out if you are a possible match for someone can be found at BeTheMatch.com.