Today was a big day for my son as well as his bone marrow donor. Jude completed his final day of chemotherapy today and is ready to recieve the donors cells tomorrow morning. This complete stranger is hooked up to a machine right now, and has tubes in both of his arms. After 4-5 hours, they will have a rather small bag of blood. A courier will escort the small cooler with the blood inside to Chicago, and tomorrow at 9am they will give it to my son. His blood type will change to the donors blood type and he will have 2 sets of DNA from now on.
“A man who leads a life of tranquility and reflection, who is not disturbed at home and meddles not with the affairs of the world may keep his thoughts at ease and his mind in one even course. But such a man has not been tried. All his ethical philosophy and passive virtue might turn out to be idle words, if he were once exposed to the rude realities of human existence. Fine thoughts and moral dissertations from men who have not worked and suffered may be read, but they will be forgotten.” -Emperor Marcus Aurelius Antoninus