A Tiny Update

I FINALLY received my update.  I say finally, but in all reality there are days I forget about HER.  There are days that I don’t even remember I donated bone marrow (unless someone asks me and I get to show off my scars).  But there are days when I just wonder how SHE is doing, […]

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I slept fairly well the night of Collection Day. Dad woke me up around midnight to take another pain pill. I woke up around 5:00 AM, but decided I didn’t really want to take another pain pill because the pain really wasn’t bad. We had plans to go to the Astros game, but when I […]

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Collection Day!

My parents and I flew into Houston the day before collection day. I set my alarm for 5:30 AM; we had to check in at 6:00 AM. The hotel is connected to the outpatient surgery building so the walk wasn’t even 5 minutes. The alarm went off and after much rolling around, Dad decided he […]

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The Last Vial of Blood!

I had to give one last vial of blood before my donation! It was only one vial of blood, but with my track record, Taylor accompanied me. Our plan was to get to the blood center by 7 AM. I knew I needed to eat and drink something before going. I didn’t get out of […]

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Physical – Part 2

Leslie drove me over to the hospital, told me where to go, and dropped me off. I don’t know if I was still stressed out about completing the physical or what, but I wasn’t hungry. I had a turkey sandwich and chips to eat, but every time I thought about eating it, I wanted to […]

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Physical.. My Favorite!

I would fly out to Houston the afternoon before my physical and fly back the next day after the physical was over. Taylor already agreed to take me to the airport and my mom said she would meet me in Houston. “Mom, I can handle a physical by myself.” I checked in at home and […]

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The Second Call!

“2 month countdown starts today!” That is the text I receive from Carrie after I give my 6 vials of blood. Once a potential donor is called and completes additional blood testing, the patient’s doctor has 60 days to decide to go forward with bone marrow collection or to decide the donor is not the […]

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