Thursday, August 13, 2009

Big Decision

I am seriously considering joining the National Marrow Donor Program. When i was in Middle school, i picked up a book at a book sale called Six Months to Live by Lurlene McDaniel. i loved the book and quickly found and read the sequels. I've read many of Lurlene McDaniel's books and always enjoyed her talent for making me feel empathetic. When I was 16, i was asked to participate in a new program for Junior Counselors at a summer camp for kids with cancer that my grandma volunteered at. At first i did not want to go. I was 16 and had my first real boyfriend. the kids would be sick. Chemo makes people throw up. (I am emetophobic; this was a big problem) Long story short, My mom forced me to go with various threats about not seeing said boyfriend all summer if i didn't cooperate. so i went. and loved it. and gone back every year since. however, as I've mentioned in a previous post; some kids die.
When my brother was in Middle School, he had a friend diagnosed with cancer. And Steven needed a bone marrow transplant. but his only sister wasn't a match. and as he is from mixed Hispanic and Native American descent, he was unable to find a marrow donor. His family organized many drives to sign people up for the registry; focusing especially on getting minorities to join. they were ultimately unsuccessful in finding a marrow donor, but Steven was successfully treated with a cord blood transplant. (he is doing great and entering High School this year!)
joining the marrow registry would be something i can actively do that could save some one's life. i have no doubt that i want to help; but can i handle the commitment? the website makes it clear that it is important for possible donors to be committed. it's ok to change your mind, but you have to be aware that doing so on short notice could be life-threatening to someone. i want to do it. but i still need to talk to people about it and pray about it. and think about it more. Please pray with me that God will guide me in my decision and that He will use me a a vessel for his Divine Plan. (ok, yes the last bit is from Saved! but it fit...)

(Picture of some Italian countryside that i took while i was there this past month because it is beautiful)

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