By the Blood of Another

Today marks five years since my life-saving stem cell transplant. The blood in my veins is no longer my own; it’s my sister’s. The doctors say this is my fifth birthday, like I am literally a new person. 

For those of you who followed cancer journey, you likely watched as I went through treatment after treatment and came to the end of my rope. The knot at the end of my rope was a stem cell transplant. Ultimately, my sister’s blood brought me life and I have now been cancer free for five years. For lymphoma, this means I am healthy beyond remission. I’m cured. 

I’m currently laying in the bottom bunk of a crickety bed at Falls Creek. My eyes are flush with tears. Twice in my life I have been saved by the blood of another. Five years ago I was saved from cancer. Sixteen years ago I was saved forever. The parallels are powerful and raw to me, and I pray they never callous over.

Twice, a sacrifice was made for me. Twice, I couldn’t save myself. Once I was facing death on earth. Once I was facing death for eternity. 

Twice I was saved by the blood of another.

25 comments (Add your own)

1. Mark Stapp wrote:
Well written Lorelei! Praise the Lord! A life worth saving. Keep telling your story!

Tue, July 24, 2018 @ 6:15 AM

2. Mahmoo wrote:
Oh, my precious Lorelei… You are a blessing beyond words, and no gift I have ever received has been more wonderful than knowing that you are cured!!! You are a beautiful light in the darkness and an example of God's grace and love for everyone to see and take hope from. May your light ever shine!

Tue, July 24, 2018 @ 6:44 AM

3. Sue wylie wrote:
Facing death and knowing who/what saved you is a life changing experience! You wear it well and express it beautifully! God will continue to use you and bless others because of your walk! Enjoy! Gku3u

Tue, July 24, 2018 @ 1:20 PM

4. Annette black wrote:
So happy for you! Well written!

Tue, July 24, 2018 @ 3:07 PM

5. Brada Gessner wrote:
Bless you Lorelei! Thank you for sharing your heart. Treasure your memories of Falls Creek always for they will be there to strength and comfort in the years to come. What beautiful expression of your live for our Savior and your sister of His great love for us through Him and He through your sister for you. You made my heart smile. I know this makes Jesus and your sister smile and I'd be willing to bet Luke's got a big grin going on too. Thank you so much!

Tue, July 24, 2018 @ 7:04 PM

6. LARRY R UPCHURCH wrote:
Lorelei, I’ve followed you and your battle and now cure and am so impressed with your courage. Your a very special person in my mind and think of you often and hope all goes well for you in life.

Tue, July 24, 2018 @ 7:31 PM

7. Sharon Babcock wrote:
Hi Lorelei: Even though I have never met you I feel as I do know you through your sweet grandmother Connie & aunt Judy. What a blessing you have already been to so many who know you and your story. May you continue to bless others as "He" has blessed you and your loved ones. March on dear one as "you can do all things through Christ who strengthen you".

Tue, July 24, 2018 @ 10:42 PM

8. Janet Anderson wrote:
So powerful and eloquent! I miss you!

Wed, July 25, 2018 @ 11:02 PM

9. Jan Miller wrote:
Absolutely beautiful! I love you sweet girl and you are one of my treasured gifts!

Thu, July 26, 2018 @ 7:48 AM

10. Kathy Hart wrote:
Your phrase, "powerful and raw" is such truth!!! Tears in my eyes as I read this - thank you for sharing!

Fri, July 27, 2018 @ 11:50 AM

11. Connie wrote:
Lorelei, working at OBI at the time, I saw firsthand your fight and courage. So happy and thankful for your healing and for this powerful story of how the blood saved you. Shine on and continue to point others to the One. Much love and deep admiration, Connie Hallam RN ❤️

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