One year ago today, I was laying in a hospital bed, awaiting the arrival of two special little bags of fluid. Those bags contained my own stem cells which had been removed two months prior and purged of the cells that were causing my cancer to keep growing. For the past 6 days, I had been in that hospital room getting bombarded around the clock with enough toxic chemotherapy chemicals to kill me. The gamble was that the cancer would die before I did, and my muscles, bones, tissues and organs would be brought back to life by the stem cells in those bags. This is what happens in an autologous stem cell transplant. It is a last resort effort to cure Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a normally predictable and curable form of blood cancer. My case of Hodgkin’s Disease had been anything but predictable and normal throughout the 2 year ordeal.
It has now been 1 year, to the hour, since those stem cells were infused into my veins and I am still here, still serving all my roles as Dad, Husband, Business Owner, and now, truly, Cancer Survivor. I think I have dealt with my first year pretty well. I still continue to suffer from respiratory problems, but that is easing up more and more. I have succeeded at most of the goals I set out to accomplish this year including a 100 mile bike ride around Lake Tahoe.
Angela asked me a few days ago if I plan to do anything special for my transplant birthday. I told her I was not, because I feel like just being here is special. But if she invited me to Marlow’s Alpharetta for lunch, that would be okay. But the truth is, I am doing something special, and I do have a “birthday” wish. I am officially launching CUREganizer today. The book has been a work in progress for months and months, and in fact I started working on it almost two years ago. Much of the delay was caused by my inability to work and concentrate during the stem cell transplant process. The CUREganizer is a workbook, planner, journal and organizer for cancer patients. It has been designed with great care and is available for purchase (pre-orders) starting this morning. The books are $30.00 each on our website and 10% of profit’s will be donated to a foundation serving the needs of cancer patients and their families. Please take a few minutes to review the website, and if you know someone who might be able to use a CUREganizer, feel free to buy one!
My birthday wishes are:
1. I would love it if every single person who reads this article, goes to the CUREganizer Facebook page and “Likes” it. The FB page also launched today and as for right now, I am the sole fan of the page. Please help me bump that up a little.
2. My second wish is for you to simply keep my CUREganizer book in mind to recommend to anyone you know who has a new cancer diagnosis in their life. I want this business to succeed because I view it as a vehicle to help me bring my dreams of helping and supporting patients to reality. 10% of profit from the book will go into a foundation that will in turn support other established and worthy cancer foundations, as well as be distributed by us through grants, scholarships and sponsorships. I cannot do any of that without selling some books!