- By Dana Sparks
Sharing Mayo Clinic: Fighting leukemia then joining the team
When Nicklaus Lego was diagnosed with an aggressive blood and bone marrow cancer, he was told his chances of survival were slim. To beat the disease, Nic needed a bone marrow transplant and an expert medical team. At Mayo Clinic, Nic found both. And in the process, he discovered a new life's mission.
As a flight medic in the U.S. Army, Nicklaus Lego knew heroes came in all shapes and sizes. But now, as a bone marrow transplant recipient, Nic also knows that sometimes heroes don't wear combat fatigues. Sometimes they wear medical scrubs — saving lives with compassion and kindness.
Two years ago, Nic was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia and underwent a bone marrow transplant at Mayo Clinic. During his transplant, which was overseen by oncologist Jeanne Palmer, M.D., in the Bone Marrow Transplant Program, Nic experienced the steadfastness and strength of a medical team dedicated to his survival.
The care Nic received from his team at Mayo Clinic's Arizona campus not only restored his health, it stirred in him the desire to be a part of that lifesaving group. In February, Nic got his wish. Now he works alongside the Mayo clinicians who gave him a second chance at life.
"A lot of times, people who go through transplant don't want to deal with it anymore," says Nic, who's now a scheduler in the Department of Hematology/Oncology at Mayo Clinic's Arizona campus. "But I wanted to be around the people who took care of me. If I could make their lives easier, that was my goal."