Transplantiversary, year 2

Today is a very important day for me.

It is what some people would call my re-birthday, but what we like to call my transplantiversary.

Today, two years ago, I received the life giving donation of 6-some-odd-million stem cells from my big sister. To say that the last 2 years have been a gift is truly an understatement.

Being diagnosed with cancer was something I never expected. Something no one expects, really. And to know that I was able to kick the crap out of it, conquer it, and make it past the various hurdles that have blocked my way is a blessing.

The last 2 years have really been a testament to what it means to truly live, and for what I want my future to be. To share that with you, readers, here are my 2016 and 2017 #bestnine (thanks Instagram!)

While I am a writer at heart, I don’t really have the words to express my utter gratitude for all of the people in my life.

To my sister for moving across the ocean for me and for her life-saving donation.

To the Universe for helping me get through all of the trials and tribulations that have come since my diagnosis on September 1st 2015.

To my mom for her support and for everything she has done to help me stay in Amsterdam

To my husband for being the wonderful human he has always been.

To my in-laws who have made life here just that much easier.

Of course to the rest of my family and friends who have been so supportive and who took the time to come and be with us when they could, and all of the positive energy and vibes they’ve sent.

And to you, reader, whoever you are to me, thank you for following me as I share my story, slowly but surely. If you have sent a prayer or a thought my way through all of this, I appreciate you more than you could ever imagine.

With immense gratitude,

Darya

A NaNoWriMo and Health Update

It’s the 24th of November and I am 12,000 words behind my projected word count for NaNoWriMo.

Last year, I couldn’t face the idea of a potential loss and just quit when I’d only hit 6,000 words in the first 15 days. This year, I’m bucking up and I’m doing the thing.

My life has been in a bit of shambles in the last week and a half, since the last time I’d sat down to write until last night.

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Letter to the Abandoned

Today, I’d like to share an excerpt of a project with you, in hopes of sharing the solace I’ve found. It’s called Letters from the Heart. The project lead on this is my best pal and writing coach, Gurpreet. After attending the UK premiere of the documentary ‘Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise’, she had a eureka moment. She realized that so many of us feel so alone in our lives and with our problems, but that there is kind of solace in hearing the stories of others and relating to them that doesn’t exist anywhere else. This is the essence of story telling.

From that realization, Letters from the Heart bloomed into an anonymous projects for writers from everywhere to share their stories to reach out to the world and feel the weight of life, together.

With all that said, here’s an excerpt from one of the letters that really spoke to me. Make sure to check out the full post over the Letters from the Heart site.

Letter to the Abandoned

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NaNoWriMo 2017

Good day and welcome back to a post about writing!

The last few months, my blog has been Book Review-centric, but I’m finally feeling that little fire burning in my heart telling me to share my writing journey with you. And when is a better time than today, the first day of November!

In case you weren’t aware, November is a month of writing for many, many people. Named National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo for short, many veteran authors and those aspiring to one day have their work published – and really just anyone who’s interested in trying! – set out to write 50,000 words over the course of November’s 30 days. This evens out to be about 1,667 words per day.

In 2016, I launched my blog with the intention of sharing my NaNoWriMo journey with you. I set up my home office and I declared my novel’s title as My Life In Pieces on my NaNoWriMo dashboard. When November came along, I caught a horrible cold which kept me in bed for a solid week, and ultimately resulted in my decision not to pursue to the end of the month, which I talk about here.

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Stateless: One Man’s Struggle for an Identity by Gerard van Leeuwen

I’ve never really been a fan of biographies. I’ve just not been able to connect with the idea of an author setting out to tell the story of another.  Biography is essentially written with the help of extensive research, both primary or secondary: the former involving talking directly to the source or subject of the work, and the latter being through exploring different documents to piece together a story.

This is something that has drastically shifted since reading Kamal’s story as told by Gerard van Leeuwen.

Van Leeuwen tells us right off the bat in the prologue where he met Kamal, the subject of this biography. We learn straight away how he came to learning the complex, sometimes unbelievable, details of Kamal’s life from birth until their meeting.

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