I went to Black Creek Pioneer Village near Toronto for a celebration.
Not of the pioneers…but for my husband, Shawn Omstead.
We attended the 1st annual Allogenic Blood and Marrow Transplant Patient Survivorship Day.
Acknowledging the dedicated nurses and doctors at The Princess Margaret Hospital who helped Shawn to the other side was phenomenal.
But seeing all the patients speak about their journeys – was next-level inspiration.
We met thirty-five-year survivor Margaret Lynch, a medical miracle, receiving the first-of-its-kind bone marrow transplant in 1988.
What struck me was her message.
Anything is possible.
When you become a caregiver to someone with cancer, or any illness for that matter, you are constantly reminded about how fragile life is and to celebrate little wins every day.
And the big ones, too.
Shawn shared his story, “Advances Bring Hope to Acute Myeloid Leukemia Patients,” of his AML diagnosis and journey in the October 2023 issue of Maclean’s magazine.
Being diagnosed early through bloodwork and finding out his brother was a perfect match for a stem cell transplant were just two factors that saved Shawn’s life.
Taking a proactive approach to his health was key.
A small annual investment – like going for your physical – can profoundly affect your health.
Getting a wake-up call or a diagnosis is a game changer on how you show up daily.
I remind you to Please Look After Yourself (PLAY).
Your coach and friend,
PS: Whenever you are ready, here are three more ways I can help you PLAY for life:
- Click here to grab a copy or listen to the Audible version of The Play Book: How To Get In The Habit Of Good Health
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