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Happy Whatever To Me

It isn’t really my birthday but it is. One year ago I received a Stem Cell Transplant which stopped me from dying 🙂
When you get that it comes with a new birthday. I have a new load of DNA in my body from my brother so now I have a new birthday to go with it.

The view is from my room at Vancouver General Hospital. The book, Treasure Island,got me hooked on reading when I was a kid and the habit has never stopped. I told a friend that I should re-read Treasure Island before I die and she gave me a beautiful copy which I read in the hospital.

There was a 40% chance of getting through the transplant alive and well. That leaves 60% that the outcome would be less than favourable.There were some very rough patches and there is always the possibility that there will be more but I am feeling pretty damned good. Day by day.

So Happy Birthday to me.

9 Responses to “Happy Whatever To Me”

  1. By Marie Says:

    It’s a rebirth for you and I understand it’s a birthday for you. I hope that you are now doing very well, without any new incidents, and that your health continues to improve day by day.
    This is the most precious thing we have, so good luck to you Michael and happy anniversary of survival.

  2. Rose Says:

    Happy Birthday…I understand that feeling of it being a birthday. I always wondered what happened. I had just started visiting this blog, and I still checked your blog fairly often all the time you were absent. I was so happy to see you back…

    I hope there are no setbacks, and that you continue to feel good. Each day is a blessing.

  3. yoshimiparis Says:

    We hope for a rebirth for you therefore; happy birthday and you can still celebrate many other rebirth anniversaries after this one

    For me, Treasure island is the name of an old Irish racehorse (obstacle), and great great grandson of the very famous Man O ‘War

  4. ....peter:) Says:

    this story makes me very happy Michael… it sounds like you’re going to beat this thing with a little help of your brother… i’m glad that you had such a great view in the hospital… Happy second Birthday…
    and i’m glad that you are having a damned good day….peter:)

  5. CrashRyan Says:

    You know, I read 80% of Treasure Island last summer during my beach visits. I still need to finish it when I get back to the shore. So glad you got your transplant! Enjoy your SECOND birthday of the year! I could recommend a good book on the history of pirates in the Caribbean and along the east coast … The Republic of Pirates … it was so good!

  6. Elaine K Says:

    oh happy birthday! I’m so glad that you are still alive, Michael xoxox

  7. Remus Says:

    You are the proof that even if the odds are not in our favor, we should never lose hope and positive thinking.
    Happy rebirthday!

  8. Nikole Says:

    Day after day, “happy birthday,” Michael. Of life. Of its “measure”. Those notes you wrote there are so touching, they made me cry.
    And this reading, too, this childhood reading, all these symbols.
    Big emotional shock at the discovery of your page.
    I wish you all the best.
    (deepL translation)

  9. Michael Says:

    Thank you, Nikole.

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