Tuesday, March 29, 2011

to my donor

My nurse reached me this morning informing me that Dr. C-M said I no longer need to take Voriconazole anymore. Used as an antifungal medication, I've been taking this ever since the end of my allo in 2007. Voriconazole, however, interferes with the metabolism of Tacrolimus so actually its dosage will need to be increased slightly from 0.5 to 0.8 mg daily. Tomorrow I will pick up the new prescription.

On a different note, I forgot to mention that when I saw Dr. C-M last week, I dropped off a card for my anonymous donor:

March 24, 2011

Dearest donor, friend, brother,

Well over a year has passed since we last communicated. I hope this finds you and your family very well.

I think often about you, your generosity, selflessness, and bravery. A little over three years have passed since you saved my life in 2007. I remain cancer-free and am doing well. Last year, I started a new career as a middle school social studies teacher hoping to inspire the lives of others just as you inspire me. None of this would have been possible without you. Thank you.

I still would like to have the privilege of meeting you. I want to thank you personally for all that you have given back to my family, friends, and me. If you're interested, please do let me know.

Again, thank you for everything . . . for giving me a second chance at life.

Wishing you happiness always,

Your grateful recipient, friend, brother


Comment Anonymous EFG said...

what a beautiful and touching letter to your donor. Thx Goodness for his generosity.

8:00 AM  
Comment Blogger Benjamin Rubenstein said...

Wow, Duane, I did not know that we could communicate (albeit anonymously) with our donors. How do I go about that? I'm sure my donor and her family would love to know that I am alive and healthy because of her. Thanks.

10:21 PM  

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