Photo by author. Our first day there, rain came in from … the northeast, I think. Without the mountains, without a compass, I had no idea what direction anything was. Beautiful, though. And terrifying.

For anyone who’s read my previous blog about my daughter (and was left hanging for several days), I want to reassure my readers — Riva went through the stem cell donation procedure just fine. Better than that — what usually takes two days — the process of taking blood from one arm, spinning off the stem cells, then returning the warmed blood to the body — she managed to do in one. The donation center medical staff have a name for people like that: Super donors. Actually…



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