My favourites #4

Here is number 4 in my list of five favourite posts I’ve written (inspired by Kate takes 5). This post was written at a time of great hope. My close friends son aged 13 had been in treatment for leukemia. After eight months intensive chemotherapy a bone marrow match was found. He had a chance.

This post describes our feelings as we waited for the bone marrow to arrive, all the way from the United States. It also speaks of the gratitude we felt towards the wonderful donor. Unfortunately Daniel was overwhelmed by an infection four months later and left for a new adventure November 29th 2013. The reason I like this post so much is it reminds me of that time we still had hope and how amazing a gift that donor gave a family when there was no light at the end of the tunnel.

Maybe it might inspire someone to check out becoming a donor?


Today is THE day


Today you woke up as usual ready to greet another day. For most or you today will not be one you will ever recall.
For us we will never forget it.

As I sit here an amazing journey is beginning.
Somewhere many miles away in the United States,small_5031777807
a young woman is leaving her home. She will say good bye to family and friends who will I’m sure be wishing her luck as she makes her way to the hospital.

What is wrong with her?

Thankfully nothing at all. She is in the prime of her life. In the best of health. She is a young student who has been found to be a match for an Irish boy’s bone marrow and today is the day she will donate it.

Back home here in Ireland there is a young boy, Daniel, just thirteen years of age. He too left home for hospital eight months ago. His parents said good bye to family and friends and all have wished them “Good Luck”.

This young boy has leukemia.small__2789535502
His body has been recently irradiated and assaulted for eight months by Chemotherapy.
He is ready. He is waiting.

During today all of us who know this family will live as we always do. All our daily chores and tasks will be completed as usual.
But below the surface we are shaking, terrified, nervous, cautious, and a little bit excited.

We check the calendar regularly, just to confirm the date. July 18th. A date we marked quite some time ago. It is quite incredible to believe it is here at last. As we try to act normal, there is within us a voice, which shouts every now and then, too loud for us to ignore.

“It’s happening!”.

As the hours tick by, at times we will each of us stop what we are doing.
During those moments we will make our way to the U.S.small__291488094
to spend some time by the side of this most incredible young woman. We will hope she is okay. We will wish we could see her,support her, meet her. We will wonder why someone so young chose to do such a thing? But we all acknowledge that none of us could ever find the words to thank her or let her know exactly what she has done.

I wonder as she goes home later tonight what thoughts will she have? Has she been told that the cheekiest, young, blonde, sports mad Irish boy is to receive her gift of life? Can she imagine what he has gone through and the nightmare she is helping to end?

As this ordinary day for most of you draws to a close and darkness falls you will hopefully sleep peacefully. But over here sleep will not come easy and when it does we will toss and turn, as we do our best to silence that voice which shouts,

“It’s on it’s way”.

And as the bright new day that is tomorrow begins,small_6861722073
we will wake up, check the date and smile. This is the day for the past eight months we have held our breaths for.
Today is the day,July 19th, when one journey ends and another begins.

Today is THE day.

Bone marrow Registry Ireland.
Be the match. Us donor site.
bone marrow donation UK.

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16 thoughts on “My favourites #4

    1. Yes. I hadn’t read it in a long while and despite the sad ending it reminded me of what that hope felt like and how important it was for all, especially Daniel.

  1. Tric, November 29th is getting all too close.
    This post certainly highlights the key role that donors can play and it’s great that you’ve highlighted that so well, in spite of the sadness it entails for you.

    1. Yes, a difficult month for you also.
      Reading this post reminded me of the excitement of that month. I never need reminding of the donor. I think of her often and wonder does she know how appreciated her kindness was.
      Without her there was no hope.

        1. Even that is a great result. Thank you. Someday it would be wonderful if someone spoke to others about this and it led to a transplant. Unless it knocks at your door most don’t think about it.

  2. What an emotional and powerful piece. I know two children who are close to me who are still battling leukemia. LIVESTRONG 💛

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