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Welcoming thirty-nine with gratitude…

…even though I still haven’t convinced The Chemical Engineer that my birthday should be a national holiday 🙂

Yesterday, I welcomed 39 with a lot of gratitude, a walk in a not-too-humid Maryland summer day where we saw a dragonfly, and very delicious food. The Chemical Engineer cooked some of my favorite dishes and surprised me throughout the day…I’m grateful and I’m lucky in so so many ways. Thank you so much for all the birthday wishes! I truly appreciate them ❤

Here are a few things you can do to celebrate my birthday (I know it was yesterday but maybe it’s a birthday week? ;-)), I’m trying to raise more awareness about BeTheMatch.org and how one can become a donor. While I’m so lucky to be in remission after my autologous transplant, there are a lot of people waiting for a donor transplant and you could save a life. 🙂

So, I’d love it if you could read more about BeTheMatch.org and either sign up to be a donor or share the info with your friends: https://join.bethematch.org/s/landing?language=en_US&ref=headerjoin&_ga=2.83404822.1487756652.1597782116-87238107.1597782116

I’m looking to organize an online BeTheMatch donor drive (I’m in touch with one of their volunteers and will share more details soon) and if you’re interested in helping me brainstorm, don’t hesitate to reach out.

And if you’d like to support my writing: don’t hesitate to: sign up to know when Fear Me, Fear Me Not will be released as an audiobook (https://forms.gle/KEkvvdNcjeJQTaSF9 ) read my books, leave reviews for my books (links to my books can be found here: https://elodienowodazkij.com/my-books/)

Again, thank you so so so much!

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#BeTheMatch …You can save a life.

The Chemical Engineer just joined #BeTheMatch ‘s registry. Joining the Be The Match Registry® means volunteering to be listed as a potential blood stem cell donor, ready to save the life of any patient in need of a transplant. He’s about to put his swabbing kit back into the mail. That picture of him in the collage on the right is him smiling while swabbing his chick.We were inspired by Juwan (https://www.ourraceagainsttime.org/story-juwan/).

Juwan is a teenager who was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma a year before me. His mom is a member of two online groups I’m also a member of and she shared his experience, his strength and the way he helped other kids throughout his own treatment. Juwan had an autologous stem cell transplant that unfortunately failed and he’s looking for a donor to do another transplant. Juwan is also helping getting more people to Be The Match. Can you “Be The Match?”

Thanks to his efforts 10 000 people registered to the registry. Anyone between the ages of 18 and 44 can help by texting savejuwan to 61474 or registering online at http://join.bethematch.org/Juwan

Have you registered?