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Best Christmas Present Ever!

Today is a huge day!! My fighter for a cousin, Matt is finally going home after a long haul at the hospital. Although it’s a tough road ahead we should all be inspired by Matt’s strength and sheer grit to overcome the unimaginable. He’s got fight in him and he’s showing that Aplastic who’s boss!!

To me, Matt is fearless. The list of fears that I have faced seems trivial when compared to the courage, power, and poise Matt has shown time and time again while handling this unfair and infuriating blood disorder that he has suffered from for more than five years. He is amazing and an inspiration for us all.

Matt was diagnosed with Severe Aplastic Anemia; a life-threatening blood disorder in which your body no longer produces enough new blood cells, so you are fatigued and are at higher risk of infection and uncontrolled bleeding. Immediate hospitalization is necessary for treatment. Treatments include blood transfusions, medications and in severe cases, bone marrow transplantation. Matt has been transfusion dependent for some time now, has been medicated and has now had his bone marrow transplant.

Although Matt’s life has been turned upside down, he’s still going strong, and fighting hard. He is a rarity and a constant reminder of how precious life is and how much it’s worth fighting for. His courage stirs me and continues to amaze me.

Our family is forever in debt to Matt’s bone marrow donor. Matt, you’re one badass dude that I couldn’t be more proud to call family. I love you and thank you a million times over for being such an inspiration to fearlessly set forth in life.

Best Christmas present ever! Enjoy being home Matt 🙂

Find out how you can donate blood –HERE– & become a part of One Match –HERE

You can read a letter Matt wrote to his local newspaper last year –HERE

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Day Eight (Tuesday September 8th) Scared to give blood

Surely, we all have mornings that we drag ourselves out of bed, faintly remember getting ready for the day and finally find ourselves mindlessly downing coffee just to get through the day. Imagine not being able to shake that feeling. Imagine a relentless fatigue that hangs over you when for your entire life you’ve been this healthy and strong individual with seemingly endless energy.

Meet my cousin Matt; a 24 year old fighter who has been living with a rare blood disorder for over five years now. He has been diagnosed with Severe Aplastic Anemia, a life-threatening blood disorder in which your body no longer produces enough new blood cells so you are fatigued and are at higher risk of infection and uncontrolled bleeding. Immediate hospitalization is necessary for treatment. Treatments include blood transfusions, medications and in severe cases, bone marrow transplantation. Matt has been transfusion dependent for some time now, has been medicated and is now waiting for a bone marrow transplant.

Matt’s life has been turned completely upside down with his blood disorder and yet has continued to take every hurdle in stride. He’s a rarity and reminds me how fortunate I am to even have the option of giving blood. Sad truth is, for me, it took a family member, a cousin I love so dearly and look up to with such admiration who is blood transfusion dependent to realize what a gift I am able to give.

To me, Matt is fearless. Although giving blood is a scary thought, I think of the amount of time Matt has spent in hospitals and the weight he has endured just to stay smiling and well… All it takes for me to give blood is less than a half hour and some juice and cookies! The comparison in itself makes my stomach turn that I would be at all scared to give blood. Sure, needles are scary but the trade off is more than worthy. Give blood and you san save up to three lives.

I realize my cousin never thought he would need blood and yet, here we are. I love you Matt and I give blood for you and for everyone else that never thought they’d need it.

Find out how you can give blood – HERE

Matt wrote a letter to his local newspaper last year and you can see it – HERE

Now go face a fear; do something that scares you!

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