Apr 30, 2010 - 6:18 am
I am a 20 year NHL suvivor and I have been reading these boards now and again and one thing pops out at me over and over and I understand it 200% as I went through it as well - should I or shouldn't I have a transplant?
It's a big question with scarey statistics and scarey unsure days in treatment but one thing is clear to me - the transplant offered me a future, more specifically a future with my children. For each of us, by the time we have gotten to the point of considering a transplant, we have discussed the options with our specialists and family and are considering this option more than the others and I am just hear to tell you that when I started the tranpsplant my children were very young - 2 and 5. Today I look at my daughter who is soon graduating with her degree in her chosen field in a few weeks and she is engaged to be married. My son is climbing the ladder in his chosen field, both are now well on their way. And the transplant allowed me to be there for them on their ways to today.
I remember vividly watching my two children standing there waving goodbye to me, only 2 and 5, standing there jumping up and down as carefree children would wave goodbye to their Mom as she was going off to do the groceries- soon to return. In fact, I was riding off to have the transplant - would I return? The worst haunting moment in my life. However, I got through it and am here to tell you that without that transplant I would not be sitting here typing to you now.
It's an awful decision to have to make, with all the negatives that they present you with for your consideration, but I have to tell you that myself and many others have made that decision and have been blessed with a future.
I pray all of you will be found typing this kind of rsponse to others who will come after you in years to come, letting them know that you did it and they can too.