Bad Ass or Blows?

My Over-The-Top Loving Family – BAD ASS in the most awe-inspiring way

Having 12 Doctors Working to Heal Me – BAD ASS in the most stellar way

Waking Up to the Joys of the Newest Prednisone Side Effect:  Mouth Ulcers Covering the Inside of My Cheeks – BLOWS in the most f-ed up, merciless way

Learning That My Blog Has 13,000 Hits in 17 Countries – BAD ASS in the most shocking and humbling way

Traffic on the 210 – BLOWS in the most exasperating way

Waiting for Bone Marrow Biopsy Results – BLOWS in the most fateful way

Having the Price of My Latest Med go from $2,252.99 to $30 After Insurance Approves – BAD ASS in the most fiscally staggering way

Being Called Back Within 2 Seconds for a Second 45 minute MRI w/ Dye – BLOWS in the most annoying way

Hoag Cancer Center – BAD ASS in the most tremendous way

My Brother Who is Willing to Donate His Bone Marrow – BAD ASS in the most bad ass way

Thigh Hematoma – BLOWS in the most vile, bulging, icky, repulsive, heinous, fugly way

Todd’s Phenomenal Care of Me – BAD ASS in the most fantabulous, life saving way

Learning That Possible Future Treatments Will Cause Me to Lose My Hair – BAD ASS in the most let’s take advantage of the opportunity to grow it out in a glorious bright purple way (and maybe throw in a f-ing tattoo)

Obsessing Over the Fact That Today I Was Supposed to Be in Iceland to Begin a Kick Ass Ice Climbing/Snow Mobiling/Scuba Diving/Dog Sledding/Fishing/Canyoning Adventure – BLOWS in the most depressing way

Low Platelet Count – BLOWS in the most exasperating way

My Insanely Supportive Friends – BAD ASS in the most astounding way

Neupogen Injections – BLOWS in the most NSHLAMFAANFP (Neupogen Shots Hurt Like A Mo Fo And Are Not For Pussies) way

Todd’s Delectable Healthy Cookies – BAD ASS in the most sensational way (See Like Wow Links)

Seeing the Beach Every Day, But Not Stepping onto the Sand the Entire Summer – BLOWS in the most tormenting way

Sicky-Infested Waiting Room – BLOWS in the most I don’t want to wear a mask way

La Paloma (Duarte) Burritos – BAD ASS in the most fantastico way

Low White Blood Cell Count – BLOWS in the most loathsome way

Not Allowed to Have a F-ing Cocktail for 4 Months – BLOWS in the most non- refreshing, non-celebratory way

Scary Fever When White Cells Vanish – BLOWS in the most frightening/knowing you could catch something gnarly way

Blog Commenters – BAD ASS in the most supportive way

Bone Marrow Biopsy (without Michael Jackson knock-out sedation) – BLOWS in the most unpleasant way

Bone Marrow Biopsy (with Michael Jackson knock-out sedation) – BAD ASS in the most Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough kind of way

Low Red Blood Cell Count – BLOWS in the most detestable way

City of Hope – BAD ASS in the most phenomenal way

Bear Flag Wahoo Burritos (Crystal Cove) – BAD ASS in the most scrumptious way

Prednisone Side Effects – BLOWS in the most hippopotamus puffy, hairy kind of way

Sweet $2,222.99 Swing

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I am a survivor of two extremely rare diseases, thanks to over 100 blood transfusions and ultimately, a bone marrow transplant. My blog,, chronicles my adventures through medical offices, operating rooms, clinics, transfusion centers, hospital transplant floors, victory celebrations, and finally my bucket list items – all with a humorous and sometimes profane twist. My goal is to inspire others not to give up on life or anything else, and to understand that it’s actually possible to enjoy any experience, even battling a life-threatening illness (or two).

52 thoughts on “Bad Ass or Blows?

  1. YEAH JOSELYN!!!!!! You Sweet Darling Girl, you are the BADDEST BAD ASS of them all!! Your family and friends are also the BADDEST BAD ASSES I have ever had the pleasure of reading. You rock like no other rock star honey, and shine more brightly!!! Ran into Mary Mc yesterday and she told me a bit of what has been going on for you and your blog has (beautifully and with many giggles) explained the rest. Your strength and inspiration are staggering. Will be with you in mind and spirit daily Sweet Darling You!! From our family to yours we send our Strength Love and Admiration to All of You!! XOXO The Wallace’s

    PS Everyone wishes they could just hold you and Love away your pain, of this I am sure. The Love flows from every word!


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