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It’s what’s on the inside that really matters

Posted Aug 13 2009 7:50pm

Years ago my parents removed the labels from our soup cans to give them to a fund raiser effort. And they thought that it would be fun opening the unlabeled cans. You never knew what was inside until you opened it. Yes, we did inexpensive things for excitement back then.

I recommend that you don’t try this though, because it is very disappointing to open a can of bean or tomato when you really want chicken-noodle. I can’t let food go to waste you know. Even if I don’t like it I still have to eat it. That probably explains why I’m over 245 lbs now.

I think people are like those label-free cans to a certain extent. You don’t know what is going on inside another person unless they tell you.

My wife, Kim, has become very persistent in asking me, “What is going on and how do you feel?” It is difficult to explain how I feel sometimes.

I think there is some graft verses host disease (GVHD) going on inside my skin, lungs and stomach. These issues may be with me for a long time. They are caused by the new blood from my bone marrow transplant (BMT).

Most people who look at me would have no clue anything like that was going on inside me. They may notice my hands shaking but they couldn’t guess that it’s caused by the medicine I take to keep all the GVHD under control. They can see I have a mask on, but don’t know why.

It is important for me to remind you that your friends don’t know what you are going through unless you tell them.

It is also important for you to ask your friend how they are doing and be persistent. It can be very therapeutic to share each others burdens.

We are all in this together! No one should face troubles alone.

You, My Friends, have not let me down. Thank you!

Peter J. Olson
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