I just gotta share that
"Life is Good"
In the Winter of 2005 my dad was diagnosed with AML or Acute Myeloid Leukemia. His treatments were horrible and he was miserable. But they worked and he went into "remission".
Remission sadly only lasted for about a year and a half. When I found out that he was sick again, I was heart broken. I didn't know if he was going to choose to undergo horrible treatments again or if he was just too tired. He was tired, really tired but he fought on. And he fought hard.
In the Spring of 2008 my dad had a bone marrow transplant. To aid my dad in his fight with AML he had an army of people; his family, his team of brilliant doctors and nurses, and JASON.
We didn't know Jason as Jason, to us he was "the donor". Although we didn't know him, he filled our thoughts and our prayers. We prayed for him, not only for his safety but also that he would somehow know how grateful we were for his sacrifice.
Here it is Summer of 2012 and my dad is healthy. And I am ever so grateful for that.
And today my dad met Jason.
During this month of special focus on Thanksgiving, Mike and I want to express our gratitude for each of you! We have experienced the miracle of counting our blessings each day as we endured through the past year. We want you to know that this simple act of recognizing and expressing our blessings has given us both the opportunity to feel happiness, encouragement, love and most of all peace. We hope these will be gifts you too will experience in the coming year as you are faced with your own challenges- our hope for you is that you will not wait until a holiday or special occasion to count the many blessings in your life.
Mike had such a wonderful experience at the hospital last Wednesday!
The visit was pretty much routine...check weight , vital signs and draw blood, then wait til results come back and meet with the doc.
The thing that was so special this time was that when the doctor told him just how fantastic he's doing Mike really heard him! He's been doing very well and we've had some great comments made recently "months ahead of the average" "fantastic progress" and "you are really doing a remarkable job of recovery". Not sure why suddenly he "got it" but it was a great moment to be with Mike when he said- "did you hear him say how good I'm doing"???
The other "fun" thing is that he has started to receive his baby shots! He has to be vaccinated with all of the shots we give our babies and so far he's had 2 sets. The first ones must have been pretty painful because he whined er, commented for days about his sore arm. It's exciting because this gives him a wider open door into life!
Other than the fact that I have a horrible cold and he woke up today thanking me for "sharing" with him he continues to feel and look stronger each day! We joined a local gym and he's enjoyed that special challenge! Maybe he's beginning to feel that 23 year old's blood pumping through him! He also is loving being surrounded by grandchildren and the opportunity to help our children in the care of their kids. What a wonderful blessing that is... If only I didn't have to work... being a full time grandma sounds pretty good!
We love each of you and once again thank each and every one of you for the special blessing you are in our lives. I think often we never realize just how meaningful our prayer, card, call, hug or smile has meant to someone...so please know from Mike and I and our famliy that your offerings of love are much appreciated.
~ life is good ~
I don't really think "THANK YOU" is strong enough. But THANK YOU!!
I wish I could have been there today when my dad got to meet you. I would have given you a hug. And I probably would have cried. (Just typing this makes me cry.)
Because of your sacrifice my dad lives. And my children have gotten to know their grandpa'. I will forever be grateful.
You gave our family the best gift ever! Life.
You are indeed the "cream of the crop"!
With much love and even more gratitude and on behalf of my dad's entire family, I say THANK YOU and "Life is Good".
PS. I think it's kinda funny but you look like my Uncle Ricky. Oh and also now my dad and I have the same blood type and I think that's pretty cool. So thanks for changing that for him.
|This might be half of my dad's entire family and as you can see, |
he is the center of it.
Be the Match!!
And join the Bone Marrow Registry.