By Kathy Oswalt-Forsythe

Hope. Hope for the future. Hope for better days. Hope for healing.

My family is holding fast to hope.

I often write about the “good old days” of my childhood, but when it comes to health and the well-being of my loved ones, I am thankful we live in 2022. These are good days in so many ways.

Within the last year, my brother Scott became critically ill, and after many appointments, phone calls, and a trip to Mayo Clinic, my brother was diagnosed with a rare cancer. In late spring it was determined that he needed a bone marrow transplant.

We four siblings were tested, his children, nieces and nephews were tested, but his best match lives somewhere in Europe.

My dear brother and I in July, relaxing for a few minutes at his daughter’s cottage after testing at the University of Michigan’s transplant center.

Can you imagine the communications and technology involved in the securing and shipping of a donor’s cells? These cells have been frozen and delivered to the University Hospital in Ann Arbor’s transplant unit where my brother is currently going through the grueling process of preparing his body to receive this life-saving gift.

What an amazing world!

What an amazing medical community!

What an amazing donor—a person willing to disrupt his or her life to save my brother’s life.

We are praying for my brother’s health. Holding fast to hope. Trusting in this process.

Here we are in probably 1962. Such medical procedures weren’t possible then. I am so thankful for 2022!

Thank you, scientists and medical teams.

Thank you, anonymous donor.

Thank you, 2022.

We are holding fast to HOPE.

It’s a Fine Life

12 Replies to “Hope”

  1. What a great post, you optimism and faith in the lord is so apparent. God is good, and HOPE is indeed important.

  2. It’s an amazing world. We are blessed in so many ways yet challenged as well. So much love and support to Scott and Sheryl during this difficult journey. ❤️ Having a big sister, like you, who has more love in her little pinkie than most of us have during our entire lives is worth her weight in GOLD!

  3. Praising God for the match and the selfless donor who graciously stepped up, God bless them. Praying for strength, peace and complete healing. We love you Oswalt’s!!!! 🙏❤️🙏❤️

  4. So many prayers coming your way🙏🏼 I know this was a VERY unexpected health scare and a long journey in the making, but what a BLESSING you found a match/donor. God has a plan in all of this and we’ll be praying that your body will accept the new marrow and you’ll have speedy recover. YOU GOT THIS❤️

    1. Thanks, Sherry. I know they feel the love and prayers from everyone. I can’t wait for him to get on the other side of this.

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