Hey everyone! IT’S THE BIG DAY!
Today was a long day as we anxiously awaited the arrival of the guests of honor, the stem cells! Thankfully we had lots of love and support from our family and friends to fill the time, and cake, lots of cake. =)
Brandon’s donor’s stem cells arrived at the Houston airport this evening at 6:35 pm and were transported to MD Anderson for processing. 92 billion cells started their big journey at 9:44 pm as they started to transfuse into Brandon’s body. As I write this, the last bit of cells are entering their new home.
That little bag of cells has so much meaning. It is hope, a cure for leukemia, a new immune system, a re-birth, a new beginning, and a new life. It is what we have been dreaming, hoping, and praying for over the last year.
At times it seemed impossible. At times I wondered if we would ever get to this place. But because of our hope, strength, faith, and love we made it. We refused to give up and we refused to accept defeat. We chose to keep fighting when others told us it was pointless. We held onto our faith and our hope that there was a greater plan and purpose for our lives. We defied all odds and proved so many people wrong. We fought and will continue to fight for our life and our love.
We are also here because of the amazing people we have all around us. Without your love and support we couldn’t have made it. You held us in your thoughts and prayers and gave us hope and encouragement when the weight felt too heavy. You lifted our spirits and kept us focusing on the good days to come. Thank you all so much.
Today is a beautiful celebration of life and love. We thank you all for being a part of it.