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Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Mon, 20th Jul '09 2:04 AM


I am appealing to you all to pray for a friend I met whilst having treatments for my own illness.
His name is Jonathon Grossman, he's 46 years old and has a wife and two teenaged children.
When he was able to work, Jonahon was a self-employed Web Designer and is an exceptional
person - intelligent with a mischievous sense of humour. He and his family have worked very hard
to find a Donor, and have added about 6000 new people to the International Bone Marrow Donors
Registry....and so helped many other people in the World.,

On Wednesday, he will go into the Hospital to be prepared for a very serious operation. He has
a very unusual blood disorder, found in only 2 people out of a million. He has been looking for a
Bone Marrow Donor but his time has run out - they cannot transfuse his own blood type into him
anymore. Jonathon's blood will be "killed" by chemo and radiation, and later a completely different
blood type will be transfused into him. He will be in isolation and have absolutely no immunity -
the doctors need to force his body to accept a completely new blood type.
In his own words "They will fry me, pickle me, and then bring me back to Life"
Even in this extremity Jonathon has a hearty sense of humour!!!!

Please pray for Jonathon over the coming weeks....I of all people know the efficacy of Sploofus Prayers.
Being the oldest of my group to start treatment at the same time, I am also the first one to go into
Remission, thanks to all of you who prayed for me during 7 months of treatment. I know the Power and
Strength of your please, please Pray for Jonathon.

Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Mon, 20th Jul '09 2:12 AM

That is amazing, Rowe, I never heard of such a thing, how incredible that they can give you a new blood type! Of course I wish your friend all the very best, and I hope you will keep us updated on his progress.

I'm delighted to see you here, hope you are doing a little better than expected every day.

Clevercloggs  (Level: 27.4 - Posts: 1246)
Mon, 20th Jul '09 2:37 AM

I hope your friend recovers fully, and i wish him well. I'd have to say however that his destiny appears to be in the hands of the doctors, and not of gods.

Mplaw51  (Level: 182.8 - Posts: 1581)
Mon, 20th Jul '09 5:50 AM

He must be quite a brave man though it looks like he has no choice. He's got my prayers. Please let us know how he makes out.

Garrybl  (Level: 289.3 - Posts: 6734)
Mon, 20th Jul '09 6:47 AM

I wish him well.
Out of curiosity; how are we doing?
Most of the sploofus followups seem pretty good: When people ask for our wishes or prayers we don't do too badly do we?

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Mon, 20th Jul '09 7:53 AM

Row - this brings up a really good question that I bet you could answer for us and maybe give us a bit of a nudge.

What steps do we take to become a bone marrow donor?

Leaston  (Level: 42.6 - Posts: 839)
Mon, 20th Jul '09 8:45 AM

My prayers will be for him and his family Rowlanda!

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Mon, 20th Jul '09 9:03 AM

Thanks Janice for asking that excellent question....

In Canada you sign up with the Canadian Blood Services
(which I believe is our name for the Red Cross) Our bone
marrow donations are handled by One Match Stem Cell
and Marrow Network (

Jonathon also went directly to a US Florida Agency called
Gift of Life - who have Bone Marrow Collection Kits The
Kits are to collect mouth swabs. Then each is kept
until there is a blood-type match, at which time they are
tested in detail - a very expensive procedure, en-masse.

There are over 59 such Agencies worldwide, all available
to doctors from any country.

Ladyvol  (Level: 210.8 - Posts: 5614)
Mon, 20th Jul '09 9:14 AM

My thoughts and prayers are with your friend and his family Row...and you too!

Salzypat  (Level: 160.1 - Posts: 5412)
Mon, 20th Jul '09 9:26 AM

Row - thank you for letting us know about this young man so that we might pray for him, his doctors and his family.

Caramel1  (Level: 133.6 - Posts: 21555)
Mon, 20th Jul '09 9:38 AM

Of course I wish your friend and you all good things-good to see you posting again- Linda

Pennwoman  (Level: 160.5 - Posts: 2476)
Mon, 20th Jul '09 10:09 AM

In my prayers too!

Bakerstreeet  (Level: 42.7 - Posts: 187)
Mon, 20th Jul '09 11:12 AM

Rowe, like everyone else here on the Island, I wish your friend Jonathon a complete recovery. I too, am glad to see you back on the forums, and pray that you, too, feel better a little bit more each and every day! All the best, Emily

Monkeynips13  (Level: 21.5 - Posts: 647)
Mon, 20th Jul '09 11:24 AM

My thoughts and prayers go out to Johnathan and his family, and to you for your continued good health.

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Mon, 20th Jul '09 11:43 AM

I found out we can go to this site to learn more about becoming a bone marrow donor in the United States:

Tuzilla  (Level: 142.0 - Posts: 3830)
Mon, 20th Jul '09 3:56 PM

I have been registered as a bone marrow donor for many, many years, but so far no takers.

I will keep him in my prayers.

Jeannette  (Level: 113.8 - Posts: 1735)
Mon, 20th Jul '09 4:28 PM

my thoughts and prayers go out to Johnathan and his family .Good to hear your in remission big hugs for all x

Marynuala  (Level: 138.5 - Posts: 996)
Mon, 20th Jul '09 6:43 PM

Count on it Rowland, you have all my best wishes for his recovery. At times like this, I feel it is best to hope and rely on the expertise of medical science, so I trust they will find a way to cure him.

Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4285)
Mon, 20th Jul '09 8:10 PM

Positive prayers and thoughts for his complete recovery.

1mks  (Level: 217.8 - Posts: 5920)
Mon, 20th Jul '09 8:52 PM

Ditto on what everyone else said. Please keep us posted.

Headylamar  (Level: 153.2 - Posts: 740)
Mon, 20th Jul '09 9:26 PM

I'll keep Jonathon and his family in my thoughts. Wishing him only wonderful results...

Virtus  (Level: 168.3 - Posts: 2487)
Mon, 20th Jul '09 9:31 PM

Jonathan will be in my prayers, and you too. Take care and keep us posted. Blessings, Anne

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Tue, 21st Jul '09 1:50 AM

Thanks to all of you for your good wishes. I will be back at the hospital again for a
week of reinforcement treatment - at the beginning of August - so hopefully Jonathon
will be on the same floor, and I can get news of his progress. Maybe even wave to
him and blow kisses....

Tresgatos  (Level: 212.2 - Posts: 4378)
Tue, 21st Jul '09 5:51 AM

Hi Rowlanda!
I'll keep your friend in my thoughts and prayers -- and you too! I wish you both a full recovery. Please keep us posted on his progress!

-- Geri

Gypsylady  (Level: 146.2 - Posts: 6093)
Tue, 21st Jul '09 2:43 PM

My prayers and best thoughts are with Jonathan. I hope he is completely well in no time.


Wordster  (Level: 166.0 - Posts: 935)
Tue, 21st Jul '09 6:39 PM

Change his blood type, who would have believed it? Good Luck!

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Sat, 25th Jul '09 2:33 AM

Hi there,

Just to let you know Jonathan's daughter, Jessica, has started a blog....
"jonathan@the hospital" It's been up and running for about three days
now and he seems to be doing OK so far - except for nausea....
When I was in the hospital, I found they had a way of managing EVERY
symptom so I hope he has asked for something. He needs to keep up his
appetite as far as possible because he had already lost so much weight
since I met him in February.

I was just chuckling to myself, because I have never seen Jonathan without
a beard....guess we'll soon be able to see him hairless - unless he chooses
to stick a false one on.
Bought two wigs along the way but have only worn them once each, and
found - not only did people get used to seeing me bald - but some of the
others also stopped wearing their uncomfortable wigs, scarves, hats etc.
I had bought a hat,,,,but got it when I still had hair - so it kept falling off just
when I thought I needed it.

Thank you again for your Prayers and Good thoughts. It's going to be a rough
couple of years for Jonathan.

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Sat, 25th Jul '09 2:44 AM

P.S. to Steve (Wordster)

Yes, Jon is Type "O" Positive (with some very different, difficult alleles)
By the time they've finished this stage of treatment, he will be Type B.
The question will be to see if his body accepts the change....

Bigmama60  (Level: 95.2 - Posts: 6644)
Sat, 25th Jul '09 3:51 AM

I wish nothing but the best for you and your friend.

Salzypat  (Level: 160.1 - Posts: 5412)
Sat, 25th Jul '09 9:31 AM

Thanks for the update, Rowlanda.

Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Sat, 25th Jul '09 10:12 AM

Thanks, Row! When my mother-in-law had chemo and lost her hair she wore a pink hat to keep her head warm when she had chills, but never a wig. I just posted a photo from Thanksgiving '05, when John got his head shaved in sympathy the same day she did. The photo was taken 5 days later. You gotta be quick to get a picture of John with no hair!

Linenlady  (Level: 159.1 - Posts: 306)
Sat, 25th Jul '09 11:02 AM

All the best to Jonathan, Rowlanda. What an amazing, hopeful experience he faces. There are certainly many wonderful drugs available now for nausea and the other symptoms and they really work.
In Connecticut, wigs are considered prostheses and state law requires that insurance companies pay for them. The woman who sold me mine lost a daughter to breast cancer so is very attentive to fit and comfort; nevertheless, I will be glad when it isn't necessary for work and public outings. I HAVE gotten a lot of compliments on how nice my hair looks though.

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Sat, 25th Jul '09 11:15 PM

Hi Diane,
Thanks so much for your message. I don't think the Government in Ontario
covers the cost of wigs, but have never asked....
I'm so sorry that you too have the big C, and send many prayers for your
full and unlimited recovery. Haven't been following Salty Dog etc for the
past few months - so don't even know the details of your illness or at what
stage you are, in your treatment.

When I was a girl, hardly anyone ever got Cancer....but now that we are all
living so much longer, it's becoming much more common. My motto has
always been Carpe Diem.....the hell with diets and so-called healthy living....
so have led a relatively simple and worry-free life - for which I feel thankful.

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Thu, 30th Jul '09 10:12 AM

Just to let you know, Jonathan had his Transplant yesterday.
It only took 1 1/2 hours so not too traumatic for his body.
I was at the hospital and visited him before the op. - just to
wish him comes the waiting period to see if his body
accepts the new blood type. He will be in isolation until they
know for sure.

I have a cough/cold so stayed in the doorway and only briefly.
And because of that - my Doctor couldn't arrange for the next
chemo - for now. He said he didn't know if I'm out of Remission
so I hope that's not the case....2 months of remission is not
good enough and not a good sign for the future.

Salzypat  (Level: 160.1 - Posts: 5412)
Thu, 30th Jul '09 11:34 AM

Thanks for the update. Now is not the time for us to slow down on prayers for Jonathan - or for you.

Just take care of yourself.

Bakerstreeet  (Level: 42.7 - Posts: 187)
Thu, 30th Jul '09 11:48 AM

Dear Rowlanda: Absolutely, my prayers will be with Jonathon during this traumatic time, and continue to be with you during your journey through illness. As someone who has a debilitating disease, I know first hand what a struggle it can be just to get to a place that's simply stable -- in both body and spirit. God be with you both! Emily

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