Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Transplant Day

Blood drive(In August, I think?)

It's been about 6 months since Will's diagnosis, and about three since he was first in remission. We(his friends and family)have been through a lot with him, taking him on that long trip from Dallas to Houston for treatment (M.D. Anderson is in Houston-- It's a cancer specific hospital for anyone who didn't know), Helping out with his blood drive(I even donated blood!),  even celebrating his 21st birthday without a drop of liquor(he had his airsoft guns so he didn't seem to mind). 

His birthday(Halloween)

At Midnight, tonight the bone marrow will arrive in Houston, where he is being treated, and the transplant may begin. With new marrow, there will be a new bloodtype, new allergies, and a new chance. His mother, Amy has been calling it his REbirthday for that reason. We're also interested to see just how his hair grows back, usually it changes with chemo. It looks like it's growing back the same though. 

Our last big outing together, A-Kon.(Dallas anime convention) 

Of course we did run into (More than) a few bumps getting here: Funding for the transplant(Eventually provided by the government--- though it took writing some letters!), sickness and nausea that chemo generally causes, and so much more. Of course it won't be easy going out of the transplant, his immune system will be suppressed for just a little while so that his body doesn't reject the marrow. 

My favorite picture of him, it's his contact picture in my phone :p

Of course after that our main priorities now are going to be recovery, which is such a relief to say, or even think. After all, it's what we've been striving for. Full recovery may take a year, but we're so lucky to still have him, to have this transplant happening tomorrow, and even for him to have gotten into remission. Now our only goal is to get back to normal, and I can't wait for it to start! 

Some really old ones, the one on the right was from a school dance! FYI We've been together since I was 17, and he was 16. About 4 years now~


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