Gratitude For A Friday

When good news comes out, it is time to share the gratitude!


You may recall that last December I donated some of my bone marrow to an anonymous person (You can read about it here: How I Saved a Life). Before and after the procedure, I was informed that I would probably never learn about the person other than he is a 57 year old male.

I was working this morning when I received a phone call from the HLA Bone Marrow Registry. Nancy informed me that she had news to share with me regarding the Bone Marrow Recipient. Seeing as I wasn’t supposed to hear anything, I immediately thought they needed additional bone marrow from me, or something much worse!

Nancy let me know that she had received responses from a 3-question survey that only permits one-word answers. The questions and answers were:

1. Has the recipient been grafted? This means, was my bone marrow accepted by the recipient? Answer: Yes!

2. How is the recipient recovering? Answer: Well – Proceeding as Expected (this is the second highest rating)

3. (The most important question) Has the recipient been discharged from the hospital? Answer: Yes!

Wow! Can I ask for anything more? What a way to start my Friday! Needless to say, I am really happy right now!

Be Well.
The Gratitude Guru


  1. Jill on February 25, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    How wonderful! What hope and magic those three little words conjure up in our minds! May you both live long and wonderful lives! My best to you always!

  2. RaeAnn Douglas on February 25, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    Such good news and what a blessing that you were able to help a person in need. YOU were a blessing!

  3. Angela on February 25, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    That’s great news. I, too , was told by a co-worker that her father who I have been praying for at a church service every week is now in remission from lung cancer! It’s a great feeling isn’t it?

  4. Jack on February 25, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    This is a sublime way of using what you have for the benefit of others. You will be rewarded.

  5. Cynthia on February 25, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    Great News!

  6. Ann on February 25, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    That is so inspiring. What a gift you are to us all.

  7. Sue Melander on February 25, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    That’s awesome Paul! I so believe in organ donations too.

  8. Laurence Hansen on February 25, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    That is wonderful news, Paul.

  9. Maura on February 25, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    You should feel so proud…that
    is such amazing news.

  10. Menka on February 25, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    Isn’t that precious, It is a victory for his\her life. It is a amazing gift by you. It is a blessing to know you Paul.

  11. Paulette Trusewicz on February 25, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    I am so happy for you, and Mr. 57.

  12. Melissa Smith on February 25, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    And, what was your quote for today, effect vs. root cause. Mr. 57’s root cause is cancer and the effects of your generous donation will, hopefully, last a long, long time. I’m so proud of you.

  13. Cat Sinclair on February 25, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    What more do you need to know that you made a huge difference in someone’s life? You gave that person a gift of life. A few more years to say “I love you” to his loved ones. What greater gift could you have given? You really are an angel in street clothing, ya know? 🙂 Rock on Guru Guy. 🙂

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