There are many important days in one’s life, but some stick in the memory more clearly than others. I have a feeling today will be one of them, as I received the donor cells I need to build my immune system and give myself the best chance possible to keep those nasty lymphoblasts away. So, an excuse for a party, and even another video!
My father and Mariacristina provided the party accessories, a wonderful unknown donor provided the stem cells, and the doctors and nurses provided the expertise. Here’s how it unfolded:
Suffice to say, it’s a great feeling to have got to this stage, and although there’s still a long path ahead (starting with the new cells needing to engraft), it’s a huge milestone to have reached.
I’m so grateful to all those who have supported me in getting this far, from the anonymous donor and all the doctors and nurses, as well, of course, as all of you have been there with me all along. Please stick with me through the next few weeks as I face the latest challenges; your support keeps me smiling and positive!
For now though, let’s enjoy this memorable day – what some people like to think of as a second birthday (even my celebratory Magnum seemed to agree)…