First of all, I want to thank everyone–my friends, family, and supporters–for keeping me in their thoughts and prayers today. I am so touched and inspired by the overwhelmingly positive response I’ve received about my blog.
Here’s the scoop on today’s biopsy results: my disease is not getting more aggressive. My doctors would like to do one to two more rounds of treatment. I start treatment again this Saturday. This means I will be getting my bone marrow transplant in March or April.
In the past few days, many of you have offered to get tested to be a donor. Saying ‘thank you’ feels like an understatement. In fact, I am tremendously lucky that my 21-year-old brother, Adam, is a perfect 10-out-of-10 match on the donor scale.
As a friend wrote to me the other day: “Modern science is miraculous, and so very often are kid brothers.”
I would, however, encourage everyone who hasn’t already signed up for the bone marrow registry to do so. The process is so simple: all they do is swab the inside of your mouth with a q-tip and you’re out the door. Not to mention, it’s not everyday that you get to position yourself to save a life.
You can even get creative with it. My boyfriend’s coworker organized a bone marrow drive in their office. It was easy to put together, and they signed up lots of new donors.
A special note, the national bone marrow registry has a shortage of donors from minority ethnic groups. As a Swiss-Tunisian, doctors said I was lucky my brother was a match. The chances of finding a close genetic match may have otherwise been slim.
Sign up for the registry here.
*If you live in upstate NY, you have the potential to save a life this week! Emily Ziegler, a junior in high school from Queensbury, was recently diagnosed with leukemia. Help her on Jan. 12 by coming to the bone marrow drive for her.