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01 November 2006

A Gift Of Life (Part 3) - Letter To Chrissy

 My first instinct when I got the email was to write her one straight away. It's been quite a while since I last talked to each other and Ed's email was perhaps fate's subtle way of kicking me in the ass to take initiative to say "Hello."

I was quite hesitant initially when I drafted the email, thinking that perhaps the computer would be the last thing on her mind at the moment. Still, I couldn't think of any other way. It was early in the morning when I drafted it (7am when I eventually click the send button) and so calling her on the phone would be a really stupid thing to do.

Besides, would she have the time of day to take the call? What if I called at a bad time e.g. in the middle of treatment? Wouldn't that be annoying? Gee.... even I would feel annoyed with myself.

Man.... I think I think too much. I am going crazy.

p.s. Again, my appeal goes out to everyone who is reading this, to plug this Sunday's Donor Drive. Drop me a note to let me know that you have done so. I would like to add you to my list of people to thank on Friday.

Go for the event too, if you are able to.

My personal gratitude, in advance.

Long time no hear.

Fri, Oct 27, 2006 at 7:01 AM
Dear Chrissy,

How are you today?

There was an email regarding your leukemia condition circulating around the internet and I hope that this is not another hoax that has been so prevalent on the net these day.

On one hand, while it is pretty annoying to be getting emails of this nature, there is a part of me secretly hoping that it is indeed just another prank.

Anyway, assuming that it is for real, I am glad to know that you managed to find a bone marrow match. It looks to me that you managed to catch it at quite an early stage which means that your percentages of beating this is very high.

Coincidentally, I have a customer/friend who had the same condition as you just recently. He came over to China in August and was complaining about swelling feet and stuff. We initially thought it was just a case of gout since this Texan is all about beer and steak. When he returned to the US to see his doctor, he was diagnosed with leukemia. As usual, he went through the arduous ordeal of chemotherapy and I am happy to report that he has beaten it and is on the road to recovery as we speak.

I met him again just 2 weeks ago when I was in North Carolina and he was in very good spirits. The fact that he too was able to travel from San Antonio is testimony that he is doing A-OK. Despite losing his hair and a lot of weight, we are happy to see him back to his chatty self.

My point is that if Mlke N0rr1s can win this battle. So can you.

Take care.

Jay "Nearly Brother-in-law" Walk
- Voxeros

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