Unstoppable

Lorne - unstoppable - bone marrow transplant

This is my youngest brother Lorne.  This photo was taken one year ago yesterday after his successful bone marrow transplant.  He celebrates another year of a remarkable life.  This man, my Brother, carries himself with such grace, with such gentleness, with such kindness and with such optimism – – I shake my head in wonder.  It makes me believe that he was “selected” because of his indomitable spirit and strength.

And, there is another selfless, good hearted soul out there, somewhere, who was kind enough to donate bone marrow.  Right now, you may be having breakfast, taking a walk, reading the newspaper or simply enjoying the beautiful day – and you have no idea of how much joy you have brought.  Thank you for giving my Brother your gift of life.

It’s time Bro.  It’s time.  You’ve had a rough ride.  It’s a daily struggle.  You’ve paid your dues.  It’s now time for you to get a wee bit of a tail wind.

Happy Anniversary to you, to your beautiful wife Rebekah and the boys.

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

~ An Irish Blessing

P.S. BTW, not a flattering picture of you. How difficult is it to keep your eyes open that wide?

Comments

  1. A big hug for all of you!
    ~Marion

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  2. Good for your brave brother, David. Happy anniversary, and many more.

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  3. Such good news, David, so happy for all your family!! Hugs!!!

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  5. Inspirational

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  6. You’re getting my tears going this week pal..but that’s good ’cause I think my eyes needed washing. These are the happiest of anniversaries and the most poignant of celebrations – for is there nothing more stunning than life being restored..Awesome..

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  7. What a wonderful tribute to your brother and the donor.

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  8. Amazing. The wonders of modern medicine!

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  9. So happy for your brother that he got the bone marrow transplant he needed.

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  10. Michael Zahaby says:

    Heart felt tribute. Best of luck. Fight on!

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  11. Beautifully touching and sweet David…love to you and your brother, and the rest of your wonderful family. 🙂

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  12. Rolando Asuan says:

    Thanks for sharing. You and I are really blessed to have strong, “unstoppable” siblings.   Early this year, mu son donated a kidney to my sister because hers was damaged badly by diabetes.  By the Mercy and Grace of the Lord, they are stronger.

    ________________________________

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  13. Pass the tissues please…Not just for the amazing – unstoppable – strength of your brother and the kindness of a stranger, but the incredible brotherly love. Truly awesome.

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  14. Great annniversary!!!! Great cause for celebration indeed!

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  15. Wiping away the tears….So, so wonderful to hear that your brother is thriving, David, and bless that anonymous individual who gave your family such a gift. May you all delight in one another’s company for years and years….

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  16. So typical. So much kindness and meaning in your post then the insult on the back end. Vintage Dave.

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  17. This is very nice and special post, Happy Anniversary! Blessing and Happiness to you all, love, nia

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  18. Beautiful. Thank you for sharing this momentous occasion with us.

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  19. Glad to hear about your brother’s one year anniversary. CONGRATULATIONS! God has truly blessed him with a doner. I will pray for his continue health and recovery. Thank you for sharing.

    BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!

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  20. Had no idea. Much respect to your brave brother.

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  21. Hi David, how very blessed is your Brother Lorne, wonderful words of Pride and Love for him from your heart, I have the Blessing that you shared in a song, it is a midi or I would Post it for you on my Blog.

    God bless your greatly, you have a beautiful heart David.

    Christian Love from both of us – Anne

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  22. So happy to hear your brother is doing well. Sounds like you have a great relationship. I hope all the best for him in the future.

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  23. Overwhelmed and speechless. Thank you Dave and to all your followers!! Your comments, thoughts and prayers all greatly appreciated. Wish all of you the best!!

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  24. There’s a lovely recording of a choir singing Bob Chilcott’s version of “Irish Blessing” on YouTube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJLWVgOxnZ0

    That’s wonderful news about your brother 🙂

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  25. Oh David – and now he no longer is with his family, sons and you. He seems to have been truly a remarkable man – and isn’t it just so, that the very best have to go first. I also didn’t know that his struggles were of such a long duration. What did you all have to go through, until Lorne returned to his maker….. Such suffering. (May I say, unrelated that I loved his Tongue-in-Cheek T-shirt!)

    May you remember his being such an outstanding, gentle, good human and may you all be able to get over the frustrations, anger, the shortcomings of your health system – in good time.
    Sending you hugs, prayers and thoughts….

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  26. Like Kiki, I came back to learn more.
    He was a wonderful man, part of a wonderful family who were there for him every step of the way. The best are always taken too soon.
    Hugs – the virtual kind. xoxo

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