this is the latest from my friend john… please keep him in your thoughts and prayers this week!!
It has been just over two weeks since I was released from the hospital and I have probably gained 15 pounds. I started lifting weights and hitting the bags to rebuild lost muscle and prepare for the next round. I actually felt pretty good working out, especially hitting the bags. It is interesting that no matter how much muscle mass your body looses it still has the ability to punch with power.
My brother Frank flew in from New Jersey last week to donate his stem cells for me. They ran him through a host of tests to medically qualify him as a donor. He passed all tests with flying colors. It is a miracle not just that he passed, but also that he is even alive to donate his stem cells to me. My brother is 21 years older then me, fought in Viet Nam as a United States Marine with First Force Recon, contracted malaria while there (both kinds), has two purple hearts and a silver star and should have died 20 times since serving his country. This is probably not the typical profile of the average stem cell donor.