It’s getting pretty chilly here. I’m already layering and wearing hats. I love fall but we usually get snow by the end of October so I ‘m going to try to enjoy it while it lasts.
A special thing about October is that next week it will be the first year anniversary of Dai’s stem cell/bone marrow transplant. For any new followers who aren’t familiar (and were spared my bazillion posts on it before), here is some basic info about BMTs (and info on how to become a donor. It’s easy! it’s painless! It’s free!!! do it already jeeze)
In a way this is a first “birthday” for him. His immune system is totally new. He has none of the immunity he had, none of the vaccines or built up resistances. His old system has been completely overtaken, so his body makes someone else’s blood— if you tested him, instead of the AB type man he really is, the test would say he’s a type B woman (his donor). He makes her blood, her white blood cells, using her genetic information… it’s amazing. Pretty spooky, too (haha).
I feel so blessed that we’ve both made it to this October. He’s full of hope— I asked him about planning to meet for Christmas/New Year, and he told me not to buy tickets, because he feels like he might be able to come home any month now. For him to say that…. I just felt so giddy all night. Totally fired up by his confidence.
This is probably the sort of post that belongs in November for Thanksgiving, but damn I’m just feeling really thankful today. I’m thankful for his hardworking medical team, thankful for his brave anonymous donor, thankful for my boyfriend’s inner strength. And of course I’m thankful for all of you here on Tumblr who keep up with us and support us from all corners of the world.
So happy October to y’all! I hope it’s a good one for all of us.