Today is the fifteenth anniversary of my life saving bone marrow transplant. I know it seems like it wouldn’t be a big deal after so many years, but since I still face a lot of side effects, and probably will for the rest of my life, every year, December 11th is a shocking milestone that I still manage to make it to.
Fifteen years later, I still vividly remember every detail about the diagnosis, the treatment, the chemo, the radiation, the isolation to the hospital room, the sadness of a Christmas in the hospital. And yet, there’s tons of kids, some of them even my friends, who didn’t make it that year, on the same BMT/HOT clinic at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Every year, it’s a milestone that they don’t get to make and yet, I do. And every year, I shed one more tear for a year I’m here that they aren’t.
While it’s the personal achievement I am most proud of, I’d just like to share the fact that it’s very easy for all my tumblr friends to enroll in the Bone Marrow Registry and save kids who were just like me. It’s free, simple and who knows, you could save the life of a child who wants nothing more than to go outside and play with their friends. So not only do I ask that you take the time to visit the National Bone Marrow registry to sign up to save someones life and but also Lifesource to donate some life saving blood transfusions, too. Who knows, you could be the hero to someones cancer story. Because my donor, who by the way was 100% unrelated match donor, is the hero I look up to everyday. She saved the life of a girl she never met and will always be the reason I continue to fight.
But as for me, fifteen years, still fighting strong, and I can’t wait for fifteen more years. Cancer can suck it, and I look forward to continue to fight to be in remission for as long as I can.
GO SURVIVORS! :) LOVE YOU ALL AND KEEP UP THE MERRIMENT FOR THESE HOLIDAYS! Trust me it beats bein’ in the hospital. :P