Friday, April 20, 2012

Twenty Five Years

I am 25 years old.  I am a thousand years old. 

This was the year that I:

Finished my first year of grad school.

Planned a trip to Haiti.

Stood next to my sister-in-law while she married my brother.

Watched my blood counts drop.  Relapsed.  Almost got a bone marrow transplant.

Did not go to Haiti.

Lost my grandmother.

Moved home from Pittsburgh.  Took a semester off of grad school. 

Found out I’m going to be an aunt.

Started a blog.  And people read it. (THANK YOU!!!!)

Had chemo, again.  Recovered.  Watched my counts go back up.

Moved back to Pittsburgh.  Started grad school again, started working again. 

Watched my sister’s heart get smashed.  Watched my sister turn sorrow into strength and pain into beauty.

Became an aunt.  Learned how to hold a newborn. Fell in love with a teeny tiny human. 

I am 25 years old. I am a thousand years old.

I am tragedy.  I am hope.

I am fear. I am faith.

I am hypocrisy.  I am honesty. 

I am anxiety.  I am peace.

I am weakness.  I am strength.

I am sorrow.  I am joy.

I am despair and I am promise.  

I am 25 years old.  I am a thousand years old. 

And this is the year that I will:

Walk in my graduation ceremony with the same people I started the program with. 

Become Kelsey Allen, MPH

Give back the generosity that you all have shown me. 

And a whole lot more.  Who knows??? That's the beauty of health and youth; it lets your view of the future expand as far and as wide as the horizon.  And what an amazing gift that is. :)

This is my prayer in the harvest, when favor and providence flow
I know I’m filled to be emptied again
This seed I’ve received I will sow

Thank you for reading and walking on this journey with me.  I had no idea how much this blog would mean to me and what a lifeline it would become, but it certainly has. Here’s to the next year with hopefully a lot less platelet talk and a little more adventure. THANK YOU for all of your love and support!



  1. "a lot less platelet talk and a little more adventure" :)
    what a year of growth and definition. of strength.

  2. Kelsey

    I came over from your Dad's tweet. First of all Happy Birthday.

    Second, you are an inspiration for many, and you have the fighters heart. Be strong, be brave, be powerful.

    And third, it is so cool to see the love your family shares, that is the greatest gift.

    Happy Birthday,


  3. Pittsburgh is a good place to be Kelsey, nice people here. Happy Birthday and my wish for many more. God Bless You

  4. Happy Birthday! I found your site via the twitter verse and just wanted to tell you that I hope that my own daughters will grow up to be as strong and inspirational as you.

  5. Hey Kelsey,
    Would you mind emailing me? nate.blass at