Monday, June 30, 2008


I'm gonna give you 
till the morning comes 
Till the morning comes, 
till the morning comes. 

I'm only waiting 
till the morning comes 
Till the morning comes, 
till the morning comes


Neil Young

My new immune system, no my full blown new blood system from the bone marrow out is on a plane with a courier to LAX. Arrives at City of Hope tomorrow around 10:00AM. My virile 22 year old donor needed to be hooked up to the IVs and apheresis machinery(see picture above)for only one day to harvest enough cells to give me this shot of redemption. My bet is my savior hails from Israel as he was only found after they search for a donor from a country with a large Jewish population. That narrows it down. Anyway, I won't know, as I already stated for a year, and bless him wherever he's from. I am told repeatedly that the actual transplant is anticlimactic, and for that am I am too thankful for I know they mean is the physical reality is simply a bag of white blood dripping into your arm. I already have 6 bags hanging from my new friend, Ivy (a borrowed name for my IV pole), so what's the big deal. WHAT'S THE BIG DEAL!  I tell you what the big deal is: This bag of stem cells is truth serum for my cancerous B cell clone. This is when they face the folly of the ill chosen path and are gently put down and slowly die out as a superior power takes hold of my marrow. This is no anticlimax. This is a miracle.

For more information on what the  donor goes through see  http://www.ufscc.ufl.edu/Patient/content.aspx?section=ufscc&id=961 

3 Comments:

Blogger gottwinsandmore said...

Dearest Dr. Koffman and family...
You are constantly in our prayers. Wishing you strength and good health and want to see you back to work soon.
The Schaefer-Brown Family
Lucy, Lindsay, Kyle Schaefer & Don, Cory & Shawn Brown

June 30, 2008 at 2:22 PM  
Blogger gottwinsandmore said...

Dearest Dr. Koffman and Family,
You are constantly in our prayers. We wish you strength and good health and hope to see you back to work soon.
Love - The Schaefer-Brown Family
Lucy, Lindsay, Kyle Schaefer
Don, Cory & Shawn Brown

June 30, 2008 at 2:25 PM  
Blogger rpassananti said...

Good luck my friend. I appreciate all of the information, guidance, support and encouragement that you have give me. Your wealth of knowledge is motivating, inspirational and well absorbed. You make this look easy and I will soon follow your path.

Your tremendous health (at least from an outside perspective) and attitude will give you the force to breeze right through the next 100 days. And then the time will come when you will be visiting me at day -1. Look forward to our next day +”” visit.

Your CLL friend

June 30, 2008 at 5:35 PM  

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