I found out today another friend of mine is dealing with a relapse. He’s a sweet and gentle spirit, even in the midst of this. I wish I could take it all away from him because he and his wife are the most perfect couple I’ve ever seen. They need to be together for many years yet.
I gave them both a bunch of hugs, but I wish I could do more..
My aunt has had breast cancer twice now. I love this shirt. I meet women with breast cancer much too often and I’d like to think they are sassy and feisty and fighting this awful disease with some humor.
If anyone would like to help fight Leukemia and other blood cancers, please consider joining Team Zoe at http://www.teamzoe.net/welcome/. My friend’s 7-yr old daughter Zoe is collecting donations and teams to walk the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk. She’s a cutie and her mom is an awesome Leukemia survivor.
If you want to do something local to help, donate blood or platelets. Even better, register as a bone marrow donor at http://www.marrow.org/.
Hug someone you love today. You never know when cancer is going to strike.
Now I will be helping my mom fight cancer too. She found out Thursday that she has uterine cancer. It’s too soon to tell how far it has progressed, but they are giving her a good prognosis.
It’s too raw to talk about and I’m angry for a lot of reasons, but she’s being perky and I think her attitude will carry her through.
Moms aren’t supposed to get sick. I wish I knew what to do to make it better. All the bone marrow in the world isn’t going to help her.
My National Marrow Program Registry card arrived yesterday! I’ve been tissue-typed and entered into the database. Now I just have to wait to be a good match.
My grandmother said a friend of hers has leukemia, so I am sending her the info about registering to be a donor. She can forward it on to all of my cousins in case they can register too.
The National Marrow Program Registry is currently running a Mother’s Day donor drive from May 7-21 and they are waiving the usual $52 online processing fee (the only fee donors may pay). It’s also free at special donor drive locations.
I’ve sent this out to everyone I can think of and I am going to see if it can be sent out at work as well. Hopefully a few people will take the first step and join. To me, this means more than donating a few dollars or going on a Leukemia walk, because a tissue match could save a specific someone’s life.
My friend Deb had leukemia. She’s an amazing, sassy, single mom in Texas and she’s been fighting ALL and the associated chemo, radiation, stem cell transplant, host vs. graft and a plethora of other side-effects since October 2005. She has been blogging about it and her words have made me both laugh and cry plenty of times. I can’t imagine being as tough as she is. Even in the midst of it, she’s been rallying for blood donations, bone marrow donations, research donations and word-of-mouth to help the fight against cancer.
In my own family, several of my relatives have battled other cancers. My great-aunt died because of a brain tumor. A good friend’s dad died of melanoma. In the space of a year, my family and I lost two dogs and a cat to three different kinds of cancer. If you don’t know someone yet who has or has had cancer, you will. Seriously, the odds are overwhelming that you will.
http://www.debutaunt.com/archives/000713.php has general information about how to donate blood and platelets and who is eligible to donate. This helps so many people beyond those with cancer, and the blood banks are always undersupplied.
http://www.marrow.org/HELP/Join_the_Registry/index.html is a link to the National Bone Marrow Donor program. A stem cell transplant saved my friend’s life. (Yes, that’s right – stem cells!)
If even one person who reads this goes out and donates blood, joins the bone marrow registry or volunteers time or money to a cancer charity, then I have helped.