NEW ORLEANS — As Air Force brats, my brother Butch, sisters Robin and Dorothy and I traveled to many diverse places around the world. But the journey we embarked upon this year was unlike any this family has ever experienced.
Robin, the baby sister I had watched grow from a child into a strong, courageous woman who beat breast cancer in 2007, was now, five years later, dealing with an illness I had never heard of — myelodysplastic syndrome, or pre-leukemia.
But the doctors were hopeful that if Robin could find a genetic match for a bone marrow transplant, she could be cured.
We were ecstatic when I was declared a perfect match and I prayed my body would be able to produce.