Apparently things start next Monday

Got a call from scheduling at Mayo.  Monday morning, bright and early, did I mention EARLY is when things start, I pick up my test schedule package and then meet my transplant coordinator (didn’t know I had a transplant coordinator, but it makes sense to have one).  After that I visit the dentist.  Then that afternoon my 9th Bone Marrow Biopsy.  Then I will be starving cuz I won’t have anything to eat after 7pm the night before.  This will be our first visit staying at the Gift-of-Life Transplant House (we were gonna try once before but Teresa had the flu).  A nice 4 night visit to get the feel of it.

Now I am having a little anxiety about this whole thing.  This transplant has become more real to me.  I guess it could be worse, they could say I was screwed and just gonna die.  At least the transplant gives me hope for some for of real life after it.

The 4 things I am most scared about for results of the transplant are:

  • Death, the obvious one.  It’s possible for the graph to totally be rejected and me to just die
  • Loss of who I am.  It’s possible to have a complete personality wipe, and a complete mind wipe.
  • Lungs Hardening.  Yeah, I was asthmatic as a kid, don’t want to go thru this crap again.
  • Blindness.  I am too old to learn brail.

Any of those things has a slight possibility of being an outcome of the transplant.  Scary stuff.  But in reality, the chance of any of those happening is very VERY slim.  Most likely I will have a little Graph vs Host Disease and then get on with life.

OK, enough about that.

I have finished reading a book on Dialog, a book on Plots and Structure, and finally a book of Characters and Point of View.  I feel much more educated on the art of writing.  I think I am ready to seriously tackle writing a book which is something I have wanted to do for years.

I started a book a week or so ago, got 21 pages down, but after reading 2 1/2 of those books, I realized that it was drek.  So I deleted what I wrote.  Now I am ready to start again.

Still bummed that I won’t be able to do Thanksgivingfest and the Thanksgiving  I had planned on doing this year.  I guess it is going to be me and Teresa and a turkey this year. Much like it was in our early years together.

Oh for those that haven’t heard, today is our 25th wedding anniversary.  25 years married and we are still happily together.

Another short blog.  Don’t have a lot to say right now.   Just wanting things to be done and over with if you get what I mean.

Author: Jeff Campbell

I am 50 year old guy, who beat blood cancer but is getting his butt kicked by bone marrow cancer. At this point it appears I am dying. Married and in love with the most wonderful woman in the world (27 years). She has stood by me thru a lot of crap and I love her so.

2 thoughts on “Apparently things start next Monday”

  1. First of all, major congrats on the 25th wedding anniversary!!! ❤ That is a truly impressive accomplishment. It is not easy in this day and age to stay married in our society, and you and Teresa have done it for 25 years! Woo hoo! 🙂
    Second, I'm glad that you got a date to return to Mayo and get the ball rolling on the transplant. Yes, those possible bad outcomes do indeed sound scary. but as you say, it's much more likely that after a bit of a struggle, you will be much healthier. And that is something to look forward to, and to cling to through the pain and difficulties involved in the transplant process.
    Third, please don't ever again throw away your creative writing! Even if it is dreck and you decide it is not worth further work, it has intrinsic value and also is something you can go back to later to see what areas still need improvement, and which areas you have improved in. I wrote an entire novel in my twenties and then through away the only, handwritten, copy of it. Which I now sorely regret! Even though it wasn't good at all, still it was SOMETHING, and now I only have vague memories of it and no proof that it did actually exist at one point in time. So hit that SAVE button, please! 🙂
    Hang in there, and take care! My church and I continue to pray for you. ❤


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