For the past week, access to my site has been terrible, and I have called technical support on four occasions, sent an email and even found them on twitter to explain that I’m having trouble accessing my blogs. They kept saying they were working on it, and even that they had fixed it but I continued to have trouble. I was already drafting an apology in my head for writing this week’s thankful post late but when I tried to login, just for fun, I had no trouble at all. Thank God for that!
One of the first families we met when we first moved to Canada was an Igbo family whose eldest child is Ruthie. We lived in the same city and the older children got to grow up together for about five years before my family moved across the country. My siblings and I had not seen our “Uncle” and “Auntie” in the past 20 years, so when Ruthie told me last Friday that her parents would be in our city for the first time ever, we were all pretty excited, but unsure how we would be able to make it all work because they were only there for the weekend to attend a wedding and half of us were working on some or all days of the weekend. Despite that, it all worked out and we were able to have an incredible reunion. It’s amazing how little 20 years showed on them, though of course we were no longer the young children they last saw. It was just great to see them again. Uncle is a pastor and before they left he said a very powerful prayer that addressed so many important things in my family’s life. We were truly blessed by their visit.
Today also marks my two year anniversary blogging at this address. I am so thankful for the joy blogging here has brought to my life. Like I shared last week, I really feel blessed by this blog, preparing posts like this and engaging with you lovely people who inspire me all the time. Last year I held a giveaway to celebrate, but this year I’m keeping things lowkey. Those of you in the mood to celebrate though must visit Vera or London’s Naija Queen, who are both celebrating their birthdays today! Happy Birthday, ladies!
I want to call your attention to something that I found on Tori’s blog. Seun Adebiyi is a Nigerian in the US who is aspiring to be Nigeria’s first winter Olympian, by taking part in the 2014 Olympic Games. He was diagnosed with two rare and aggressive forms of cancer and he really needs a bone marrow transplant. Please visit this facebook page and his blog where you can find out more information about his journey. He also wrote this article on Huffington Post about his journey. I started reading his blog from the beginning but stopped because I became emotional just seeing how a regular blog about his olympic journey suddenly had to make mention of the possibility that he had cancer, then deal with the reality of having cancer. I will read it all though, because what I have read so far inspires me. Rather than crying and focusing on how I feel, I had to spread the news.
How you can help:
- Donate. 100% of the money donated will be used to test donors.
- Join the donor registry at DKMS America. We need more Africans and African Americans on the donor list so that Seun and others can more easily find a match. Nigerians in the US, you can help! Seun is trying to recruit 10,000 new donors (and not only Africans!). If you aren’t a match for Seun, you may be a match for someone else. Check the eligibility requirements, and if you qualify, please sign up!
Sometimes we choose not to act out of fear but getting informed is the best way to put any fears to rest. I was operating under some false ideas of what bone marrow donation entailed, and I encourage you to read this section of the DKMS website if you want to know what’s really involved.
I am not eligible to join this registry, but I have donated. Remember: every little bit does help.
And let us not forget HAITI. I cannot imagine what the people there are going through, and I feel very disconnected from it all â€” my brain understands what has happened but I seem unable to actually contemplate the wreckage, destruction and loss of life that I have read descriptions of in the paper. I work on the 15th floor of a building and we share that floor with the Haitian Embassy. I can only imagine how inundated they have been with calls.
Please, if you can contribute, there are many great charities that are contributing 100% of the money raised to the efforts, organizations like Yele.org, Red Cross, World Vision and Doctors Without Borders to name just a few. If you cannot donate, please check out The Pioneer Woman’s blog entry on Haiti and leave a comment. She will donate 10 cents for each comment received and so far she’s received over 20,000 comments. Let’s grow that number!
I was reminded by this to not to wait until I hear of situations like this before remembering to be thankful for my life or my health.