Sep
1

Remember when….. Cord blood can treat memory loss!

Me and Grandma J

Me and Grandma J

Over the course of our lifetime, we have the privilege of spending hours and hours reminiscing about the memorable experiences in our lives. It takes you back to those moments that you can’t imagine your life without and it reminds you of those times that you wish would have never existed, but inevitably make you stronger.  Personally this is one of my favorite activities especially when I am amongst close friends and family. I want to share a few of my favorite memories with you.

 There is a very special person in my life, my Grandma J (my moms mom). She and I have always had a unique relationship. I remember when we would go to the hospital or doctors office, she was always right there holding my hand and whispering happy thoughts in my ears, to keep my mind off of the pain. I remember her calling me everyday just to say, she loved me. I remember her sleeping in the hard chairs next to my hospital beds and being right there as soon as I opened my eyes. I remember going to lunch with her everyday while we talked about anything and everything.
 
Sadly, within the last year Grandma J has had fewer and fewer memories of her own. Being away from her during this time has been sad for me, every time I speak to her now she ends up crying. My mom gives me daily updates and the consistently bad news leaves a sadness in my heart and tears in my eyes. It is hard for me to imagine her slipping. She has always been so strong for me and now I have to be strong for her.
 
Recently I made an amazing discovery that has provided me with hope, that one day people will no longer have to suffer from memory loss. I was not surprised to find out that stem cell research is in the early stages of treatments for debilitating diseases such as Dementia and Alzheimer’s. I can’t dream of a better gift than being able to give someone the ability to remember their life.  It’s a natural human ability that so many people take for granite. 
 
 The birth of your baby is one of the most memorable experiences of your life. With the stem cells found inside cord blood, doctors and researchers will soon be able to use them to treat memory loss.
Can you imagine not remembering the birth of your child? Can you even think about the feeling of forgetting their face?
YOU CAN HELP! Save your babies cord blood, give everyone the chance to always have their memories.
Together We CAN Help Save Lives,
 
Natalie Curry
Sep
6

“The Special Two”

Audrey, Dad, Me and Emily just days after the kidney transplant!

Audrey, Dad, Me and Emily just days after the kidney transplant!

I want to share another story from, my upcoming book!

Kidney Transplant-Part 1:

I’ll never forget the feelings I had that day, I had been dreading this moment for years and it had finally arrived. I had a lump the size of a golf ball in my throat, a relentless churning in my stomach and a sharp pain resting deep in my heart. I remember these feelings like it was yesterday.

It all started when I was 17 and I was diagnosed with chronic renal failure. I was shocked, to say the least, to be receiving such a grim diagnosis so suddenly.  I had an extremely active life style and enjoyed the same activities all the other kids at my high school enjoyed. In the course of about three months I went from feeling fine to being seriously ill and admitted into the ICU. The doctors told me that I was going to have to have a kidney transplant, and that it was only a matter of time. “ How much time?” I wondered, two weeks, a few months or years? Immediately the doctors acknowledged that I would need a donor. Luckily we didn’t have to look far. Since my younger sister, Emily was the donor for my cord blood transplant, she was a perfect match to donate her kidney.  Emily jumped at the opportunity and said “ I AM going to give Natalie my kidney, I don‘t want anyone else to do it.”  Only one BIG problem! At that time Emily was only 14, and couldn’t legally donate until she was 18. Could I wait four more years, would her kidney fit in my body, and what did this mean for Emily’s future? These are the questions that I was faced with. I was never concerned for myself, only for Emily. The thought of anything happening to her at my expense was more than I could bare.

With a very strict and regulated schedule of medications, my condition was stabilized. I was never fully able to go back to normal life, but was so glad to be out of the hospital. Under very close observation of doctors and numerous medication daily, I was able to remain stable for about FOUR years.  Let me ask you “Do you believe in miracles?” Well you should, because what I’m about to tell you is nothing short of that!  My counts had remained stable until right after Emily’s 18th birthday. This was the blessing we had all been hoping for.

When my counts had dropped to the point of no return, it was time for the transplant. Emily and I were both admitted into the hospital the day before the transplant. In the company of close friends we slept side by side in the same room. For me it was a sleepless night that felt like it lasted for weeks. As I lay in my bed next to hers, I watched her sleep, I prayed and I felt NO fear for myself. As tears rolled down my cheeks I knew that in the morning everything could change forever.

When morning came, Mom, Dad, Jeff (best Stepdad ever), Cindy (Best Stepmom ever), Audrey (Amazing sister) and my grandparents arrived. There was an uncomfortable silence in the room, as we all waited for the transplant to begin.  A short while later the doctors came in to take Emily back to the OR. It seemed as though my heart was going to stop beating. Fighting back the tears, I watched them roll, my baby sister down the hall. Not knowing if I’d ever see her alive again, I ran after her begging them to take me first. With a big hug, a kiss and an I love you, she was gone…………

There is much more to this story and many others that can be found in my upcoming book!

PLEASE share your thoughts with me, on twitter and facebook!

Together We CAN Help Save Lives,

Natalie Curry

Cord Blood saved my life once and who would have imagined it could save my life twice! It is the reason I had a perfect match in Emily for my kidney transplant and the reason I am able to share my stories with you. Please help me spread the news about this incredible life saving resource.

 

Sep
3

Twenty Years Post Cord Blood Transplant!

A Celebration of LIFE!

I am thrilled to say that the month of September marks the TWENTIETH ANNIVERSARY of my cord blood transplant.  This is a cause for celebration, if I ever knew one! I can’t believe that it’s been two decades already. WOW…just saying that makes me feel so old.

The most shocking fact however, has to be the lack of progress that has been made in the area of cord blood awareness since my transplant. Unfortunately, nine out of ten people I speak to about this cause say they have no idea what I’m talking about. I have noticed that I have so much passion about this that I  could spend hours just explaining it to one person.

It is absolutely mind boggling to me that if everyone in the world knew about cord blood banking, there would be so much less suffering. What so many people don’t realize is that by throwing cord blood away, you are throwing a life away.

Please help me to celebrate this wonderful anniversary, by re-posting this blog post, sharing it with everyone you know, tweeting on twitter and updating your status on face book.

Together We CAN Help Save Lives

Natalie Curry

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