Sunday 26 February 2017

Rachel Lavin: How do you thank a life-saving stranger?

Three years on from a life-saving stem cell transplant, Rachel Lavin reflects on the kindness of the anonymous donor who helped her finally kill cancer

Rachel Lavin

I’LL NEVER KNOW MY SAVIOUR: Rachel Lavin visits the laboratory of the Irish Unrelated Bone Marrow Registry where her anonymous donor was found. Photo: David Conachy
I’LL NEVER KNOW MY SAVIOUR: Rachel Lavin visits the laboratory of the Irish Unrelated Bone Marrow Registry where her anonymous donor was found. Photo: David Conachy

Last Saturday was a landmark anniversary for me. As I stood in the centre of a balloon-filled room surrounded by dear friends, I blew out the sparkling candles on a cake as they sang 'Happy Birthday'.

But they weren't celebrating the date of my birth, rather my rebirth.

It was a birthday party for my immune system, which is three-years-old this month after being anonymously donated to me through a life-saving stem cell transplant in 2013.

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