Hi all! It’s been a REALLY LONG TIME since I’ve posted. Not a lot has changed, yet so much has.
What I’ve been doing for the last 6+ months is a whole lot of work & school, flu, work, stomach flu, work & school, stomach flu again, more work & FINISHED SCHOOL! So most of the last 6 months has been spent on the couch glued to the laptop. I’m now a graduate again, second Bachelor’s (BS of Science in Accounting this time) degree over the course of 15 years.
“Lots of people spend 10 years in college.”
“I know. They’re called doctors.”
So needless to say I’ve been ignoring the blog.
~Mom is doing great. One year cancer free just last week. All but one minor surgery left. Thanks for all the good juju.
~My friend Mandy is doing fantastic! She finished chemo in the fall and had her last Heparin treatment last week.
~I haven’t gotten any more updates on my recipient. It’s been almost 2 years. I think it was about 9-10 months out when I received word that she was doing well & was at 90% of her pre-illness health & that was great news. Going into this I was told her donor center does not allow any contact, even anonymous. My rep was surprised to hear this back when she asked.
As far as contact between donor and recipients after 1 year post transplant, communication is allowed. My rep told me since her donor center didn’t allow contact, she may not be aware that contact is allowed after 1 year. They told me after 1 year, either party can initiate contact & fill out a form with what contact info they wanted to share. This starts the process, the other party is informed & given the same release form before information is exchanged. My rep said my recipient may learn it is allowed by me starting the process. I chose not to start any contact. As much as I’m so curious to know how she’s doing & know that she’s well, I’m not eager to get in touch. I don’t want to look for contact in search of a “Thank you” because that is not why I donated. I can’t even explain how simple and without a thought the whole process was. I really felt as if donating was just the normal and natural thing to do. I wanted to help in some way, signed up & was matched almost right away. Of course I wanted to do it, that’s why I signed up. It’s just that simple. I know it is much more than that to my recipient. So if she ever wanted to get in touch I’d open it freely, I just don’t want to be the first one. Don’t know what else to say. I do, though, secretly scope out the Be The Match facebook page near the anniversary to see if anyone mentions their mom getting a transplant 1 year ago today, etc. in hopes for some type of validation that she is doing well. But I continue to pray in my own way & send good juju her way hoping she’s doing well today & getting ready to enjoy the summer with her family. I wish the same for all the recipients out there. In fact, my friend Emily just celebrated her 10 year BMT Birthday on April 11, she received a donation from her sister. That also happens to my birthday too. =)
Be The Match is doing incredibly well & have kicked off lots of new online campaigns and celebrated 25 years; 50,000 transplants & 10 million members. That’s awesome! Watch this video which is a timeline of bone marrow transplants and the Be The Match organization history. I learned a lot. Did you know, that on 9/11 when US air space was closed, there was one plane in the sky, which was an NMDP courier delivering life-saving bone marrow with a military escort? I had no idea! It’s on this video, worth the 4 minutes. Please watch it.