It's August 2016, and my mom, Diane Erickson, needed an annual physical. Afterward, she got a call from the doctor's office saying something was a little odd in her blood at the lab and they wanted to take another look. The outcome... a blood cancer known as Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS). It didn't sound so bad at first, but by September 2016, she was assessed and rated as High Grade MDS, which meant that if not treated immediately, it would become AML (a form of Leukemia). Furthermore, she was given a prognosis of only 12-18 months to live. So, in order to keep the AML at bay, she was told that she would have to have five consecutive days of chemotherapy every month for the rest of her life. That's the bad news. Now the good news! MDS is sometimes curable by receiving either a bone marrow or stem cell transplant. The challenge... find a donor. The younger the adult donor, the more hope for the donated cells to give an extension to her life. Many people have prayed to Jesus for a donor to be found, and in no time it seemed, a 23 year old donor who is a 95% match was found. Furthermore, the doctor decided a bone marrow transplant was Mom's best hope as well, but asking the donor to give marrow versus stem cells can present another challenge. Yet again, prayers were answered as the donor agreed to allow bone marrow harvesting from their body. (Thank you, to whoever you are! May God richly bless you for your selfless acts of kindness and generosity.) Now, fast forward to day. It's March 3rd, 2017 and we have arrived at the hospital in Atlanta, Georgia for her to receive a bone marrow transplant. Today, Diane embarks upon a Journey for New Hope. Please pray for healing and peace for Mom, that God will guide the medical staff to make all the right decisions and take all the right actions that will ensure success, and lastly, that this will be the CURE for her disease without complications, infections, etc. The actual transplant date is the 9th of March. We will be in the hospital for at least 4 weeks and then, we will have to stay in the area close by for at least 100 days to receive immediate and regular care following discharge. May God's Mercy & Grace be with us during this time. Blessings to everyone!