Day -16: And the waves keep rolling in.

Day -16. Wait a minute. Wasn’t last week day -16? Yeah, it was, but not anymore. When confirming the official date with my donor, they requested to move the date back another week. So here we are, at day -16. Again.

I’ll keep this post short and just share some thoughts and lessons I’ve collected along the way through this “journey” —

  • Patience is a virtue. A virtue that I’ve not enjoyed acquiring that much, but it sure helps keep me sane.
  • Yes, it is possible to eat too much pastry. I never thought I’d ever utter those words, but it’s true.
  • Your time on this earth is the best blessing you have been given, for free. Use it to the best of your ability.
  • Savor life’s simple pleasures. A warm summer breeze; calm, cooling rain; the ability to breathe and walk; happiness and laughter; the list goes on. These are the things that, when stitched together, make us human.
  • Nothing feels as renewing as getting red blood cells when you’re severely anemic.

Inspired by my longtime friend Angeline. Things I need:



3 thoughts on “Day -16: And the waves keep rolling in.

  1. All the very best of luck to you mate. Nice post by the way. My daughter is 100 days post allogenic BMT. Dx severe aplastic anemia since 2003. 1st tx. Hell ride, I feel for you, your words and experience hold much weight with me. Plus you are far more eloquent and articulate. Fingers crossed and hoping the best for you. Joanne.


  2. I love this post, Min. Thank you for these beautiful reminders. Incidentally, have you encountered the writings and teachings (lots of videos on YouTube and elsewhere) of the Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh? He’s all about coming into the moment and enjoying the simple things. Without his wisdom I don’t think I could even make it through the day. Wishing you all the best (enjoy those new ed blood cells when they come in!)


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