I have a friend who I actually don’t know extremely well because we live in different cities. We have been friends for about 8 years and know each other through similar interests and organizations. He is 27 years old.
He was recently diagnosed with leukemia ( in December ) and has undergone two or three treatments of chemotherapy. He is in remission right now and plans to have a splendid summer to enjoy.
In September, he will be receiving a bone marrow transplant at the hospital in my city because his own city, 3 hours north, does not have that type of facility. He is planning on having a big get together with all his friends before the transplant in case he doesn’t make it, and wants a proper goodbye with everyone. This is also why he wants the transplant after the summer, in case it is his last. Transplants are risky and if his body rejects it, he can die. This is also how many sufferers of leukemia die.
He has a great support group of friends in his own city and he has a brother in my city where he will be for the transplant. He says he doesn’t get along with his brother and doesn’t feel comfortable around him.
Last night he asked me if he could stay with me and my husband for up to two month (our baby will be three months old) after the hospital stay, to recover and go back and forth between our house and the hospital for bloodtests and whatnot. We have a finished basement with a bedroom and bathroom. I said “of course”! He said he wanted to be with people that made him happy and he thought recovering with a family and their baby would be nice. I thought that was so sweet.
Now… I have never been around someone who is sick in such a serious way. I haven’t had my baby yet and I have no idea what to expect. I have prayed and prayed for God to help my friend (who grew up protestant but now he is unhappy with Christianity because he has same sex attractions and feels pushed away). I just really hope this will all have a positive outcome and he will heal and be given a new life, and we can form a strong relationship and he can have a new faith in God.
Anyways… I write this all because I was looking for advice on what to expect from anyone who has gone through anything remotely similar with relatives or friends.
Or even just prayers.