Who Gives a Flying F*@k?

Who gives a flying f*@k?  I’ll tell you who gives a flying f*@k:  Marvin Drandell gives a flying f*@k, that’s who!  Marvin, Todd’s best buddy from grade school had a flying f*@k sent to me, and I couldn’t be more ecstatic with his kind and thoughtful gesture 🙂  Don’t you want someone to give a flying f*#K?  At times, don’t you feel like you want to give a flying f*@k?  Even if you never give a flying f*@k, now at least you can click below and  watch a f*@k actually flying!


A couple of days ago, I turned 50 years old – yikes!  I had a fantastic day of celebration with my college/sorority bff’s surprising me by bringing a party to my house 🙂  Todd arranged the whole thing by telling me he was going to come by around 12 to pick me up for lunch, but instead, my gang showed up!  It was the first time I had seen them in person for many, many months, and it was WONDERFUL!  We talked fat feet, hairdos, PICC lines, hematomas  🙂

bone marrow menu

Todd took me out to dinner that night to a spot we had heard about for a long time as being fantastic, but had never tried.  Todd called ahead and made sure we would be seated at a  “no germs” secluded table, and we ordered a fabulous bottle of wine, we had a great waiter, we loved the atmosphere ….  Then I opened my menu – there were those words AGAIN, jumping off the page, causing me to gag on the scrumptious “compliments of the chef” first bite.

COH invite

My latest visit to see Dr. Fantastic at City of Hope went well.  I am basically holding steady on my counts, which is great for my whites and platelets (they are now in the normal range), but my red cells continue to lag.  Dr. F is anxious to let me go to every other week for appointments with him, but he won’t do it until my reds cooperate.  Other than that, feet still fat, hematoma still fugly.  I was recently invited to the COH annual Bone Marrow Transplant Reunion, which coincides with City of Hope’s 100th birthday.  That’s Dr. F on the invite – I told you he was Steven Spielberg’s better looking twin!  This will be an awesome chance to reconnect with all the nurses, physician’s assistants and doctors who saved my life!  Not sure they’ll recognize me, since the last time most of them saw me I was completely bald (didn’t wear a beanie in the hospital), wore t-shirts and sweats, absolutely no makeup and had a hippopotamus fat face complete with bloody, scabby lips and gums 🙂

Didn’t give a flying f*@k how I looked then, and don’t give one now!

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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, joselynsbrawl.com, 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).

19 thoughts on “Who Gives a Flying F*@k?

  1. YOUR peeps are simply……..HILAROUS!!!!! (Had I really known all this I would have had some of them and especially YOU……in line with Jimmy Kimmel !!! One of your bunch would have knocked out Leno long ago!!)……………………………….I think you should remember this date and crown it “The Official W.G.a F.F. Day”…………just sayin!! 🙂 So happy you enjoyed your birthday Jos! What a great guy you have……..xo

    IPad – Kristi DeCinces


  2. I have to get one of those machines and fly it around in tribute to your incredible attitude. Happy Birthday again Jos. We are so happy you continue to do well Next step once every TWO weeks. Love Lynn


  3. Happy, Happy Birthday! Happy, Healthy Life! It looks like you had a day as special as you are. Here’s to 50 more!


  4. Joselyn: With all the battles you been fighting you still have a great sense of humor. It’s truly one of the best medicines! XO


  5. You look like you’re surrounded by love in that picture with your college girlfriends, celebrating your birthday, celebrating your life. And you deserve it. So happy for you, Joselyn. Now we all just have to do a Go Big Red cheer to encourage those red blood cells along so you can reach yet another milestone in your recovery. That’s just around the corner for you, I’m sure. But what in the world are the rest of us suppose to do for entertainment when you finally and forever say adios to Mr. Shulman and Mrs. Aplastic Anemia and we won’t have your hilarious blog to read? You had me laughing so hard with that flying f*@k. It’s true–Jay Leno and Jimmy Fallon TOGETHER are not as funny as you! Thank you for continuing to inspire us all. Cathy Kent


  6. Ummmmm….I got to see the flying f*@k first hand on the counter when we took Jos her Surprise 50th Birthday lunch! Our BLAB sorority/college group had a blast catching up with you Jos and we were so happy to see you and spend time with you. Thanks to Todd arranging everything to we could surprise Jos and we pulled it off. I love our BLAB group and treasure all of our friendships. Jos we had the most wonderful day celebrating you, your 50th and all you have been through. We love you and are so honored to be your friend! It was a day that reminded us of what friendships are really about and so glad you brought us all together.
    XOXO, Jae


  7. Jos,

    Thanks for your update! Happy 50th again and we are praying for you! Love you!

    Gretchen and Dick

    Sent from my iPhone


  8. That’s the most ingenious frigging flying F*@k we ever saw. Keep the happy news coming. Guess some people do give a F*@K. God bless. 50 more birthdays.


  9. Yay Joselyn. Wouldn’t we all like to have a Flying F*@K to express ourselves! Thrilled at your progress. Rootin, tootin, and hootin for you over the coastal hills. Many blessings on your life and your family. You inspire us all. S3


  10. LOVE the Flying F*@k!!! So happy your girls came and celebrated your 50th! No more bone marrow on the menus-gross-yuck!! XO


  11. What an uplifting note from our favorite BMT girl. Friends family and food. What is better than that!? OK, a flying fuck. In case you couldn’t tell, I give a serious flying fuck about you along with many others. There’s nothing like a good flying fuck to make the day exciting. Kudos to Marvin D for teaching Nurse Todd about flying fucks way back in grade school. I’m sure that Rex and Macheala (any chance the spelling is right here?) are grateful!! Blessings as your recovery continues.


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