A Guarded Optimism … Life, Interrupted

For patients who undergo a bone marrow transplant, the 100th day after the procedure is an important milestone. In medical terms, the 100-day mark is an examination day. It’s the first major benchmark for evaluating a patient’s recovery from the transplant. More than anything else, the 100-day mark is symbolic. And maybe that’s not a bad thing.

My friends put on a party for me last Saturday, on Day Plus 101. We had cake — the number 100 frosted across the top — and everyone stumbled through a variation of the “Happy Birthday” song that we had to make up on the spot. It was the first time I’d seen my friends together since before my transplant. For more about my 100-day milestone, watch this video.

Suleika Jaouad writes about her experiences as a young adult with cancer.

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