Today I am super pissed. About other kids I know who have died or are dying. About the kids who are living but who have suffered and are suffering. About people who think we should be any more grateful to be alive than your average person.
Why I should I be any more grateful to reach the ripe old age of 21 than any of you? Were you surprised and shocked that you saw your 21st bday? No? Probably not. I’m not happy I survived, I’m pissed that it happened at all.
In honor of the children who are suffering, who have suffered, and who will suffer, I ask that if you would like to celebrate my birthday with me, you donate to one of two funds:
The medical fund of a fellow patient, Antonio. He had a BMT for JMML in February and has been inpatient over a year: click here
Open Hands, Overflowing Hearts, which raises funds for pediatric cancer research: click here
On Thursday, November 10, there will be a bone marrow drive and fundraiser from 11-3 at White Plaza at Stanford. More info to come soon.