Joe Vondracek

First post: Feb 11, 2022 Latest post: Nov 11, 2022
My mom said some of the best years of her life were the years she had cancer. I do not agree with this opinion, but I can say I’ve never felt loved, appreciated, and thought of more then since this  MDS (Myelodysplastic Syndrome) has taken hold. Your thoughts, prayers, comments, jokes, and thumbs-up really helped me. Please keep them coming.

My favorite bible verse: Philippians 4: 8  
8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. 

My favorite Dad joke – What is the best time of day? ........................................................................................................................................... 6:30 hands down!

August 16 2021, I was getting my 1st ever blood transfusion. Jayne was sent away several hours earlier due to Darwin going into lockdown, and being told we have to isolate for the next 3 days. I was getting physically nauseous. The realization that I might die alone with the closest person to me being a mentally unstable individual along with their assigned police officer gave me a lot of fear and insecurity. The next hour or 2 were not happy times. After much analysis I came to a binary decision; Do I trust in my own knowledge, understanding, and fear, or do I trust in Jesus? I wish it didn’t take that long, and I wish the binary decision was not a binary debate. After coming to my senses, having a little prayer and chat with Jesus, I felt tremendously better. I say all this to let you know that as we begin this next step of a bone marrow transplant: I am very strong and secure, with a smile on my face.

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