This is your fearless leader here! LOL……Once again my amazing friends pull through. Brought me a New Year’s Hat, Champagne Glass, and real Champagne. I have to say it tastes pretty good LOL. My friend next door and I were going to try and stay up till midnight to walk to the surgery waiting room to watch the fireworks and damn the luck they went off at 8pm. Geez! So a little funny story that is probably too much info for you all but, you know me I hold nothing back. My lovely nurse today, Jennifer Kissner was giving me an IV push of steroid because, I was breaking out with those hive things that burn. Well, if you push it too fast it gives you a butt burn………more like my whoooo haaa was on fire. HELLO THERE! Lol. Funny thing was my friend Beth Smith was in the room when it happened. My nurse was embarrassed, Beth was laughing so hard she cried, and of course I was just adding fuel to the fire. Ha, ha. Morning started off kind of crappy, started with the burns, then started a fever but, am better now. I received a call from St. Louis today…..weird right, I mean of all days. They have requested the last week of January or first week of February for my transplant, it will depend on when the donor is available. I will be at Barnes all day Monday, January 6th for bone marrow aspiration and a day of testing. We are getting closer! I have had a lot of time to reflect on the year and though we had a major life malfunction toward the end 2013 has been AMAZING (eve with the diagnosis). January 2013 I was able to go on a mission trip with my Partner in Crime, Chicken, my cousin Dawn Dawn Clark Meisenheimer, friend Erin from Pedi, and Dr. Neibrugge who has been a blessing through my treatment. The trip was life changing in so many ways (if you ever have the opportunity to do a mission I highly suggest you do it). I grew more as a nurse and was met with more challenges. Pedi is my passion and I love my job and Pedi family. We remodeled the house and it was beautiful. I went back to school to further my education (had to put that on hold for now but, will be back at it). The kids of course make me proud no matter what but, they had a good year as well. We have come so far since August! We have grown stronger in our faith (faith that we have always had but, maybe took for granted). I have seen my children grow up pretty quick but, I know they will be fine. We have had a lot of heart to heart talks that maybe would not have happened had I not gotten sick. I hate it for them but, in reality this has been a blessing. Sometimes it takes a little shaking up to realize what is important and what is not. We are ready to close this chapter and move on to the next. This next chapter will be a little more difficult but, I’m pretty stubborn so, no worries. From me and my family we Thank each and every one of you for your thoughts, prayers, and words of encouragement. Until you are on the receiving end you have no idea how much it means. I hope you are all blessed in 2014. See you all next year! HAPPY NEW YEAR from the John!