29 with Leukemia, I never saw that one coming. Sometimes life kicks you in the dick like that.
I'm a "survivor" now but I still think about it (death) a lot. Perhaps that will change as I get older. Perhaps not. I've spent this past year hurting; being in pain is part of treatment, but I also mean hurting someone else who cared for me and was there for me when I needed it most. What you've done for me is irreplaceable and you are an exceptional person with so much to offer. I'm not the one but I know they are out there for you. Baroooooo!
As I'm writing in this coffee shop I overheard someone talking about their bone marrow transplant...He had his 26 years ago and was one of the first survivors of a non-related donor. Mine was only 6 months ago. We just chatted for an hour. Someone recently plugged the national bone marrow registry on listserve and its worth saying again. Bethematch[dot]org will send you a kit..all you do is swab your cheek then mail it back. It's free. Some woman in Charlotte did it for me and saved my life. They use stem cells nowadays so it's painless for the donor (HUGE MISNOMER out there, it's not like it was 10 years ago)
To the people I love most by name. Amanda, Scott, Adrianne, Christian, Robyn, dad, mom, Caroline, Hannah, Joshua, Tessa, Analicia, Andy. I love the crap out of you guys. More but I'm running out of time.
To Claire, you'll probably never see this and I know I've said it before but I never should have treated you that way. I'm so sorry and want you to have the life you deserve. I made so many mistakes with you and I wish I had not.
"We all die. The goal isn't to live forever, the goal is to create something that will." -Palahniuk
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