“How Can I Help?” Quick Links!
- Sponsor a game donation
- Purchase and/or share our fundraising items
- Provide a direct financial donation via PayPal
- Give blood and platelets through Atlanta Blood Services
Let me get this part out of the way first. We have been beyond blessed both in terms of Liz’s recovery and the support we received last year. But cancer is like an earthquake, and there are aftershocks. I basically lost a year of work as a self-employed game publisher and freelance writer, then went into 2017 behind the 8-Ball and with a few more surprises in store.
The short version is that we’re ending the year already behind on bills (including two recent dental emergencies for our teen boys) and struggling to come up with costs for a surgery I’ve got coming up in January 2018. To help with this, we are offering a way for folks to sponsor game donations to youth organizations and local libraries as a way to help get our family get back on track for 2018. Click here to learn more!
So how IS Liz?
Short version? Great!
Oh, you wanted the longer version? Liz’s health has been good for a long time. While she is really susceptible to colds and is discovering allergies because of her new immune system, there has been zero sign of her cancer returning and every blood test confirms that everything is looking good. It’s strange to realize that she’s behind on childhood vaccines compared to her two-year-old brother.
Tomorrow Liz has her first bone marrow biopsy in six months to confirm the good news. It’s not a fun procedure, but it’s a way to be sure everything is still in tip-top shape. Assuming no surprises, this is nearly the end of the road for her being declared cancer-free. Two years following a transplant, a leukemia patient in full remission is statistically just as likely to get the cancer as a random healthy person. When we get to her “new birthday” in June we will celebrate her health and freedom from cancer! (And yes, I will follow up with her results soon.)
In other news, Liz begins college classes in a matter of weeks. It’s a first step toward building the rest of her life! Her goal is to one day work as an oncology nurse, helping patients the way the amazing nursing staff at Northside helped her. I couldn’t be more proud that she wants to devote her life to helping others.
A while back I mentioned a friend whose daughter was diagnosed with a different form of cancer. They have experienced an extremely difficult and painful journey, and while I’m not going to name them directly they have been in my thoughts and my heart a lot recently. Whatever prayers, love, and kind thoughts you can direct their way are much appreciated.
More “How Can I Help?” Info
For those wanting to know “How Can I Help?” we gratefully accept it when offered. So check out our Game Donation Fundraiser or click here to read it in detail or check out the quick links at the top of the post. Thanks to everyone who’s helped us along the way!