Today I received some news that just sent chills through me. A year ago I signed up to be a bone marrow donor. It has only been a couple of years ago that my sweet 2 yr old nephew was diagnosed with cancer. As many of you know he is in remission and doing well. He has a long road to endure as they try to make life better for him daily due to losing his eyesight in one eye and having major light sensitivity which affects him in every way from school lights to being outdoors to enjoy a sunny and nice day. So my sister invited me to join to become a donor when Devin had to have his bones tested for cancer. Just within the last 2 weeks I had wondered this about why I hadn't heard from them and or if I would? Again I believe this was a whisper from God for this day!
So this morning I opened my front door and found a package from FedEx. Yes it was from DKMS Americas stating I was a match for a specific patient. The letter states that normally happens less than 1 %. It made me think there could be no greater gift this holiday season then the gift of life. There is still blood testing to be done and then a physical but I am hopeful that I will be a good match for this 32 year old male with leukemia.
I would love to encourage you today to consider this gift to someone in need. You can contact me if you are interested in becoming a donor. There is no cost to become a donor but they do accept donations. Please don't let the cost keep you from doing this or at least thinking about this as maybe one of your RAKs for the month. They have ways to get around the cost as they look for donors to save lives throughout the world. All I had to do was a swab through the mail. That simple!
I hope you had a great Thursday and are taking part in The Brave Girls Club and their push for words of kindness for the holiday season. We are and are having a blast finding fun ways to perform DACKs. I love Random Acts of Kindess and Deliberate Acts of Compassion and Kindness. I love that my 10 year continues to enjoy these acts and putting smiles on the least expecting of people in our lives in one way or the other. Did I mention she baked 8 dozen cookies to share with many on Day 1? It was her first try at cooking anything and I can tell you her cookies were good! Day 2, she shared more cookies with her teachers who are so awesome and I found a couple of ways to share a meal and a conversation with someone I might not have otherwise and a friend who I know can use a break being a single mom while her hubby is in Afghanistan. It makes me smile just thinking about what I can do tomorrow on a limited budget. I think that is half the fun and I am always up for a challenge and some fun. What about you? Wanna join in and make the world better everyday you are here? I hope you will think about becoming a donor and also a WOMAN who thinks she can make a difference one lady at a time.
I also wanted to share that I am doing a December daily inspired by Ali Edwards to document our RAKs and DAKs for this month. It will be a collaboration from Demi and I together to document our journey this holiday season.
Have a wonderful and fun Friday. I am looking forward to my training for my new position and also to have some 10 year olds here for a slumber party of sorts. I am looking forward to all the giggles and laughter tomorrow. I also wanted to share a surprise RAK given to me yesterday. We were invited to photo shoot on Saturday with photos and a DVD. I haven't had a professional photo of Demi and I since 2002. I am thrilled and so thankful that this family has offered to us this holiday season.
So in closing, I am always thankful for life and God's continued blessings but am going to try and see how everyday happenings and miracles surround us if we are looking and open to them. A powerful thought by Melody Ross at www.thebravegirlsbclub.com/blog. Thanks MR for being so open with your inner thoughts and feelings and for wanting to have a safe place for Brave Girls all around the world to come to for some encouragement and motivation to "live their best lives" by doing simple things everyday.