You look at the future differently

When you're facing a bone marrow transplant, you don't have a lot of time to think about will it work, and what happens after. For the first couple of weeks that I was out of the hospital, I was very, very frightened about the future. There isn't anything else we can do now. I've had the ultimate treatment for this. You're not prepared for those feelings. Now, I'm look at the future maybe in a more limited way and saying if I only have three to five years, do I want to stay at my job, or is it time to do different things with my life? Travel more with my husband and do fun things. I have decided to go back to my teaching position in the fall, but I'm only going to teach one class until I decide if I want to take back the rest of my classes or if I want to retire from teaching and do other things.

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