Friday, August 21, 2009

2nd year anniversary

Today's day +731 for me. On this day, August 21st, I received the life-saving blood stem cells of a stranger two years ago.

I want to take this moment to thank all of you - family, medical staff, friends, readers, and strangers - who have been by my side during this remarkable journey.

Unable to find the poignant words that express my gratitude for your kindness, I'm reminded of a lovely scene from the film Contact in which the alien shares his observations about our collective interdependence to the traveling Jodie Foster:

You're an interesting species . . . an interesting mix. You're capable of such beautiful dreams and such horrible nightmares. You feel so lost, so cut off, so alone. Only you're not.

See, in all our searching the only thing we found that makes the emptiness bearable is each other.

Thank you everyone for making the emptiness bearable.


Comment Anonymous Barb said...

Again I'm in awe of your gratitude. May your positive energy and progressive perspective carry you well into old age!

1:41 PM  
Comment Blogger Kelly Kane said...

Congrats my friend! XO

12:16 AM  
Comment Blogger Duane said...

Thanks Barb and Kelly. :D

11:59 PM  
Comment Blogger Michelle said...

Duane congrats on reaching this awesome milestone in your recovery! I am so happy for you!! We need to reconnect someday soon!!! Email me!!


9:17 PM  
Comment Blogger laulausmamma said...

Happy 2yr post transplant anniversary Duane. It has been an absolute pleasure getting to read your thoughts and feelings and learn more about you through your blog...and of course, actually spending some time with you in Boston last year. You are an inspiration not only to HL patients...but to anyone who has the pleasure of reading your blog.

Hope now that 2 years have past that you will finally hear from your donor.

Love and ((HUGS))....

2:05 AM  

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