I’m going to try and write this blog without crying but no promises! To start with, the little fun fest video i filmed is nearly done and when it is i will post on here along with my thoughts about the day so sit tight! 🙂
Today is the 25th April. One year ago today George was receiving his life saving treatment. One year ago today, the man who saved my sons life was in hospital giving his cells to a stranger he knew nothing about. Damn it, the tears have started.
I remember leading up to the transplant i used to walk down to the chapel every night, i’d write in the prayer book for George and the friends he had met along his journey. The vicar used to read the prayers every morning and pray for every single person in there which is such a beautiful thing to do for all the people at the hospital. I’d always write an extra one, for the protection and the happiness of our hero. I often wonder whether ‘good karma’ has worked it’s way back to him for what he has done. I wonder whether he has remembered the date today and whether he knows just how much we are thankful for him, and celebrating the wonderful thing he did.
I can’t quite put my head around the fact he saved my sons life. The fact that anybody could be someones hero is just amazing. I am truly disappointed that i couldn’t be a donor but Matt is and i will always hand over any cells they need for research. I still find the fact that anyone could be saving little babies, kids or adults is so magical. If you fancy reading over how to become a donor i’ll link it below, i know i’ve said it over and over but just think YOU could be someone’s hero, the admiration i have for this man and his family is just on a whole new level. The procedure can be done two ways, so if the needle in the spine or hip is putting you off, did you know you can donate just like a blood donation?? Think about it, for a few days of recovery you could save a child from a grizzly looking future.
You could give two parents hope, a family dreams and a child – a future. Because of you someone could grow to be something wonderful, and because of you two people can hope of the future they once couldn’t bear to picture. A life with their child in it.
To our donor,
Today is the day my son was given his second chance at life. His re-birthday. Because of you we get to celebrate this extra date in our life. This time last year i was sat in a hospital bed watching my son with rashes all over his body, in pain and receiving your cells. Thoughts were running through my head about a number of worries and questions but the over riding thought was how ill my son looked. How bad everything seemed back then, i could never run away from the thoughts that my son was just getting worse. My family were worried sick too, i had so many tearful calls with my mother and family members, who although they wanted to fall apart too, stayed strong for us and pulled us through. I can’t wait to meet you and show you all of the photos from the hospital life we lived, for you to see just the transformation he made once he received your cells. I often think about you and your family, and i hope you are all well. We’re celebrating for you too, we hope you understand we will never be able to pay you back for what you have done but we will ALWAYS honour and remember you.
To our beautiful stranger, thank you.