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Real estate agent, columnist battles leukemia

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Dian Hymer, a veteran Realtor in the San Francisco Bay Area and a nationally syndicated real estate columnist, has dispensed advice and assistance to colleagues, competitors and consumers alike for decades. Now, her life depends on the aid of others. An agent in the Oakland-Piedmont, Calif., office of Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate Services who has worked in real estate since 1977, Hymer is in remission from leukemia. It is her second battle with the disease, which is characterized by an unusual proliferation of blood cells. She awaits a bone marrow donor or placental cord donor. Her first bout with leukemia, which struck about a decade ago, sidelined her real estate career for a year, though this time she is working through her illness. She has teamed with another agent in her office to share duties for her clients while she awaits a bone marrow transplant or a special blood transplant. But she is not sitting by the telephone -- she's keeping busy. After an interview on Frid...