Happy Re-Birthday to Me

Five years ago today, I was in the hospital receiving my bone marrow transplant—one of the many circumstances of my leukemia. If you know cancer, you know that five years being cured or in remission is huge! My oldest brother, Nick, gave me the gift of his bone marrow—he is my angel.

God, I can’t believe it’s been five years.

Having cancer was a transformative experience, it humbled me. Changed me. Transformed me. And, most importantly, cancer made me fall in love with the beauty within people.

There was this supernatural and incredible compassion and kindness that poured from the souls of every individual that helped me in that fight.

To all the people who were there: Thank you, I love you, and you are so beautiful to me.

To all the people who I have met after: I love you, and thank you for embracing my story with beauty and grace and empathy.

You all have collectively helped me grow and move on from my illness.

The human experience is an incredible gift, and a human’s will to live is a magical force. God creates a beauty and a strength this is ingrained in each and every one of us, that shines even in times of complete and total darkness.

Sometimes suffering is necessary, if only just to see that there are slivers of gold and magic and beauty etched into every ounce of our beings. And no one is devoid of it…of that I am absolutely certain.


Hayley J

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