Sunday, November 19, 2006

November 19, 1999

This day was a day of new Hope and possibility of rebirth for our family, but most of all a chance for a long life for Jordyn. It was the day she recieved her new bone marrow. Because of misinformation of "HOW" a bone marrow transplant is performed, many times you'll hear the word "surgery". Let me be the first to tell you it's NOT surgery, ok let me repeat that AGAIN....IT's NOT SURGERY. HUGE pet peave of mine when I hear a person IRL or on tv say operation or surgery when talking about a BMT (Bone marrow transplant). It's actually an infusion. Think of a blood infusion, it's like that.

 

That day was so full of hope for us. That this would cure the leukemia that was ravaging her little tiny body. The leukemia ended up being more powerful than the new bone marrow which came from an unrelated (unknown) 39 yr old man. We're forever grateful to this man. He gave us hope. He gave us 6 more months with Jordyn that most likely we would not have had if she hadn't had the BMT.

I'm changing my Day 19 Thanksgiving: I'm thankful for the 2 yrs 1 month 8 days we had Jordyn. I'm thankful for those who are so kind and generous to place themselves on the bone marrow registry and who when they get that call they give the blood, they go through the tests, and if they are blessed enough to be a perfect match, they go in and allow them to take some of their bone marrow (which regenerates itself a few days later). Bone Marrow Donors are HERO's in my book.

If you're not on the registry I URGE and well frankly BEG you to get on it, you could save someone's life!

 

www.marrow.org

go there to find out more information about getting on the registry!

10 comments:

ukgal36 said...

Beautiful Christy... by the way Brandon is still fighting the good fight... he is set to go to rehab soon... he is doing better...thanks for sharing your story....God Bless...

Lyn

hsauls said...

Awesome thing to be grateful for... we really do have to remember that every day we get to share with a loved one is a day we should  be thankful for... and I'm thankful with you to the man who made it possible. I'm going to go to the website and see about donating... my Christmas gift to Jordyn...

*hugs*
heather

rilmich said...

Hi Christy, I'm Deb's mom (Sue). What a blessing it was for me to see that you are a Christian. I now have a sister in Christ way over in Germany!!!!!!!!!. You have a lovely family. What a blessing it must be to you that when God takes us home you will see Jordyn again!!! Tell Chad Thank you for serving our country and protecting our freedom. Glad you had such a nice time on your trip. Loved the pictures!!! Love to all, Sue

bhbner2him said...

God hold you in his arms of comfort until that joyous day of reunion!!  -  Barbara

jckfrstross said...

Have a good week Christy and Chad:) and the boys

Deb

ktkamanski said...

I was placed on the registry a couple of years ago - A gift I am blessed to give. Bless you and your family durning this holiday season. God Bless you Christy.

deshelestraci said...

I just thought I would give you an update on Barret since this is a cancer related entry.  He is doing well and so far is still cancer-free.  I dont' think he is out of the woods though for many years.  Just a waiting game to see if the cancer comes back.  They (and I) don't take anything for granted anymore.
I started reading a journal in which one of the daughter's names is Jordan.  I think of you everytime I read it.  I sure wish it had turned out differently for your sweet girl.
Love, Traci

scotthlori said...

Thinking of you today.  Hey ... can you send my your address?  =)

LORI

crewsfour said...

Thinking of you, Jordyn, Chad and the boys..... Leene

randlprysock said...

Wow what a wonderful blessing Christy!!!  Thank you for explaining the bone marrow transplant.  Hugs,
Lisa