I was given a large binder of reading material the first time I went to Boston for a bone marrow transplant consultation. I procrastinated when it came to reading through it because it was just too much—it was overwhelming, frightening. As the date of the transplant has approached, I have started looking through the binder, specifically at the list of items I can and can’t bring with me to the hospital.
The list is quite extensive. There are so many rules, so many things I can’t bring (including a hairbrush). Patients are, though, encouraged to bring “Images/items that help remind you of your goal of getting well.”
The space in my suitcase is limited, so instead of packing multiple reminders, I filled a USB drive with pictures that I hold near and dear. As long as neither the USB drive or my laptop is fried in the cleaning process (which will take place as soon as I arrive), I can look at my reasons for undergoing this bone marrow transplant whenever I need to. I will smile. I will cry tears of joy and gratitude for all of these good things and people that are in my life—despite cancer.
Not shown above, are the family pictures I have saved on the USB drive. Pictures of my family, of Seth’s family.
Thank you—to all of you—for the positive thoughts and continued prayer. It means the world to us. Please keep the love and light coming.