Wednesday, February 01, 2006

meeting amy

This afternoon I had the opportunity to meet Amy, a most inspiring woman who herself had relapsed Hodgkin's Disease and underwent a transplant during her youth. That was 16 years ago. She's 31 now and by her appearance no one would ever guess that she had experienced so much hardship by this time in her young life. It was amazing to see her, a person who knows firsthand what I'm facing now and may face in the months and years to come. Knowing that she has done so well in light of experiencing a transplant makes me feel most assured. She's a successful professional, who battled and then beat cancer and is living life fully. She, not cancer, is the master of her own ship. Her firsthand story of surviving Hodgkin's Disease and a transplant just adds to all the inspiring success stories that I have read and heard about.

5 Comments:

Comment Anonymous Anonymous said...

Duane,
As Amy stated never let this master you. I feel there is a bigger picture and always a brighter light.As you take this ever so important cross-over step we are all here with you. You inspire us.

Muriel

2:48 AM  
Comment Anonymous Anonymous said...

Duane
My mom wanted to tell you she has you in her prayers. Also that she admires your strengh and courage you have on this path in your life. Life is always what you make it.

Lots of love
Paula

7:26 AM  
Comment Anonymous Anonymous said...

HI DUANE!!!
Reading your blog is really inspiring for me. I'm at such a small college where the littlest things can seem like a huge deal. Then I read your blog and it helps me remember what really matters: WBC counts, meeting and knowing people who inspire us, you, your sister. Good luck with your stem cells today.
love,
lindsay

3:29 PM  
Comment Anonymous Tiffany said...

Hi Duane,
My mother has been keeping me posted. I just want to wish you the best. I know that you are a strong person and that things will go well for you. I hope that some day I will be able to accomplish all of the things that you have so far.

Tiffany Johnson

6:40 PM  
Comment Blogger Duane said...

Thanks everyone for the encouraging words! It means a lot.

Duane

8:48 AM  

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