Thirty days after the last article was written, Nathan's story; An exception to most, I was finally able to shake hands with the young man still hospitalized at Rush University Medical Center. Though drained after going through extensive chemo treatments, losing his hair and weight, his eyes were filled with passion. His fight with AML Leukemia was far from over nor his search for a bone marrow donor.
On Christmas of last year, Nathan, only 21 years old, had been diagnosed with leukemia and received numerous treatments. Later this year, Nate had been in remission until recently when the cancer returned. Since his hospitalization over a month ago, besides chemotherapy, Nate spent days in ICU suffering from an infection.
Today, the infection is finally under control and the Piekutowski family is waiting for the discharge order from the doctors so that Nate may spend sometime at home, recovering with his family.
You know, it is not about hugging whatever trophies or certificates he has earned over the years, or patting his car when he returns. But it is about being surrounded by people that he loves; those that can make him laugh; those that need his smile. No longer interested in nonsense drama that others create. He owns a special wisdom and strength. At his age, to know what is important is truly a blessing.
Ultimately, he will return, hopefully soon to Rush, once a bone marrow recipient is found. If you are interested in learning more about Nate, please click on Nathan Piekutowski to see his website.
If you would like to learn more about becoming a donor for Nate, please contact Be the Match, one of the largest and most diverse bone marrow registries in the world.
What greater gift could be given.......... as the holiday season approaches.