First Birthday of new immune system

August 4, 2010Big day today.  First Birthday of new immune system.  Lisa and I went to Sloan Kettering for a year checkup.  All went well.  Lisa baked two Vegan Carrot cakes for the nurses in the Clinic and the 8th floor crew.  When we went up to the 8th floor I realized that as much time as I spent there last summer, I had never walked onto or off the 8th floor on my own two feet.  Being around that atmosphere was pretty emotional for us.

Want to thank my sister Joanne,  pictured to the left in the hospital room last year while the marrow drips into my arm.  I love her and owe her endless gratitude.

This whole ordeal has energized her tremendously.  Those of you who know her are aware of how much of a force she has always been.  Well… something has even been magnified.  Its like she has become more aligned, or tuned in, or something.  Go get em Joanne!

August 4, 2011

Here is a picture of my two biggest heroes on the ground this past year. Dr. Hugo Castro- Malaspina is the head of the best bone-marrow center in the world at Sloan Kettering. We were lucky to get steered to him and lucky to be in his care for the past year. He is a total LEGEND!

And the gorgeous, radiant woman to the right is my incredible bride Lisa. She has been an inspiration and rock for me during this entire adventure. While caring for every last detail of my recovery and being the most open-hearted and loving partner I can ever imagine….. she has kept her business fire shining as bright as ever AND been the ideal mom for one of the supernova’s of the toddler world LEELA. I love you and cherish you Lisa.

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Counselor, facilitator at LifeLeadersForum, father of a little angel and husband of a Goddess

7 Responses to First Birthday of new immune system

  1. Joanne says:

    Happy birthday brother. What a great team!

  2. Sean Brannon says:

    Looking good, Tom. It’s almost like you’ve been born again! What an amazing adventure this has been, and will no doubt continue to be…for not just you, but everyone else on the journey. Onward and upward we go! Let’s make it another great year these next 12 months!

  3. Bill Weldon says:

    Hi Leela, Lisa, and Tom,

    Thank you for inspiring me!

  4. Sonja says:

    My husband just celebrated his new immune system’s first birthday yesterday (technically, today at about 1am).

    Congratulations to you and your immune system! May there be many more to come. Glad I happened upon your blog today!


  5. ted pierot says:

    congratulations fellow survivor! we both had the same great transplant doctor in dr hugo castro-malaspina at sloan-kettering… i had aml and a stem cell transplant jan 1st 2005 and last chemo oct 17th 2005. dr joseph jurcik was my aml doctor also fantastic and now at columbia… amazing dedicated staff at mskcc love them all…

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