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My Favorite Poems


Don’t
Quit

 When
things go wrong as they sometimes will.

When the road you’re trudging seems all up hill.

When funds are low and the debts are high.

And you want to smile, but you have to sigh.

When care is pressing you down a bit.

Rest, if you must, but don’t you quit.

Life is queer with its twists and turns.

As everyone of us sometimes learns.

And many a failure turns about.

When he might have won had he stuck it out:

Don’t give up though the pace seems slow –

You may succeed with another blow.

Success is failure turned inside out –

The silver tint of the clouds of doubt

And you never can tell how close you are.

It may be near when it seems so far:

So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit –

It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.





– Author unknown

For Mom & Dad

The
Don’t Quit Poem was given to me

By my Dad at a low time in my life

I
don’t remember exactly when it was 

But
I later learned that he carried it with him

While
he fought the battle of his life against Hodgkins Disease

 

He
endured radiation treatments
and chemotherapy

 

Through
it all, Mother was steadfast and strong

It
is hard for me to comprehend how she coped

And
we kids hardly knew the difference

They 
added over 20 years onto his life  

He was diagnosed in his 30’s
and died at 53

 

This
poem has helped me and other members

Of
our family through some rough times

I will be leaning on
it once again

As
I fight for my life against Aplastic Anemia

Dad was a wonderful man who touched many lives

He
was kind man who loved life to the fullest

And
enjoyed every day on this earth and now rests in heaven

 

The
night before he died a local church group

Sang
Silent Night to him in his hospital room

And
now every time I hear it

 

I
know that he and Mom are watching over us

 

His
last words on December 13, 1976

"Jesus
Will Save Me"


Do Not Go Gentle into the Night

Do not go gentle into that good night,

Old age should burn and rave at close of day;

Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is
right,

Because their words have no forked lightning they

 

Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright

Their fragile deeds might have danced in a green bay,

 

Rage, Rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,

And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,

Do not go gentle into that good night.

grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight

 

Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,

Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on a sad height,

Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.

 

Do not go gentle into that good night.

Rage, rage against the dying of the light.




-Dylan Thomas

 

My Prayer

Dear Lord,

Grant me the Serenity to Accept the
Things I Can Not Change –
I Have Aplastic Anemia

The Courage to Change the Things I Can –

I Will Raise Awareness and Battle the Disease


The Wisdom to Know the Difference –
Learning
More Every Day

My Promise

I promise to love and cherish
my wife, family and friends and to appreciate what life has given me.  Let me show kindness wherever I may
go for I shall not pass this way again.  And I am not ready to go
yet!  I will battle this disease with every ounce of energy I have
left!  I will not let it artificially shorten my life.

The
Rabbit Man June 12, 2001

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