Two years ago, a doctor used the words cancer and terminal in the same sentence about my husband. My world crashed around me in that minute, and it has yet to rebuild. As a way to cope, I ignored the word terminal. I hoped and prayed that we would find a way for more life.
I watched Scott fight cancer. I watched him suffer. I watched him choose life, even on days when he just wanted it all to end. He was my hero. I remembered asking if there was anything I could do to make his life longer. Other than getting him to treatments, and taking care of him, and being there for emotional support, there was nothing medically I could do for him. NOTHING. I would have done anything to save him; to keep him here longer.
I felt POWERLESS.
Eighteen months ago today, he left our world for his eternal life. I still feel powerless.
Years ago, I made a meal for a family who was fighting cancer. Their little girl was fighting a blood cancer called aplastic anemia. I heard about them, prayed for them, and made that meal. It was all I knew how to do at the time. In time, she went in remission.
This girl, who has been in remission for six years, is once again fighting. She desperately needs a bone marrow transplant, and they have yet to find a donor. She needs a donor. I pray they find one today.
According to DeleteBloodCancer.org, only 30% of patients have a bone marrow donor in their families. That means 70% of people with blood cancer rely on strangers.
Not everyone can donate bone marrow, but if you can, please get on the bone marrow registry. If you are not eligible, please consider donating to this cause. Earlier this week, I went to DeleteBloodCancer.org and signed up as a donor. Today, my kit arrived. I spent 5 minutes reading the directions, swabbing my cheeks, and affixing labels. Now my kit is in the mail, on it’s way to the lab, where someday soon, my number will be put in a database as a donor.
It took me less than five minutes to request my kit; and less than 5 to swab my cheeks. That is all.
Not all cancers can be removed and not all cancer patients can have a transplant. SOME, however CAN. I couldn’t save Scott, nothing more could be done. There are plenty of people I cannot help. I will spend the rest of my eligible years praying that I will be matched up.
Please, if you can, choose the gift of life for another person. You never know who you will save: a child, a mother, a father…
If you want more information about blood cancer, please visit DeleteBloodCancer.org