The transplant coordinator called me today with some good news. My back-up donor has agreed to move forward with the donation process. I also have a “confirmed” hospital admission date of April 17. I was first diagnosed with CML on April 17, 2012. Exactly one year later, I will be admitted to the hospital for my transplant.
Now that I have only 3 weeks left before my admission to the hospital, things are going to get “busy”. There’s still lots of stuff I need to do, like buying lots of comfy clothes for the hospital, and other stuff that I will need (every-day toiletries, books to keep me busy, new pair of comfy eyeglasses, etc.).
And then there’s the paperwork: my tax returns need to be filed; my will, powers of attorney, and beneficiaries need to be checked for accuracy, etc. I know a lot of people don’t like to talk about these things, and many in my position would choose to ignore these things, as if putting these things in order before the transplant would somehow jinx the transplant. Some may even conclude that I’ve given up, but that is far from the truth. For those that know me well, they know this is just the way I am. Everything has to be in order, the way I like it. Somewhat of a control freak, yes. Probably has something to do with the fact that I am a lawyer…Anyways, I have not given up. It’s just that I will feel so much more comfortable going into the transplant if I know everything is taken care of.