Today is the 17th anniversary of a bone marrow transplant from my sister that saved my life. My sister was only 16-years old when she donated her bone marrow. In 1995 she created a poster for me with a picture of a frog leaping out of a bucket of butter with the following poem:
Two frogs fell into a deep cream bowl;
The one was wise, and a cheery soul.
The other one took a gloomy view
And bade his friend a sad adieu.
Said the other frog with a merry grin,
“I can’t get out, but I won’t give in;
I’ll swim around
till my strength is spent,
Then I will die the more content.
And as he swam,
though ever it seemed,
His struggling began to churn the cream
Until on top of pure butter
he stopped, And out of the bowl
he quickly hopped.
The moral you ask?
Oh, it’s easily found!
If you can’t get out, keep swimming around
*In 2012, we have a sluggish economy and many people are struggling to make ends meet. I urge you to continue to fight the good fight and to press on. You never know what opportunities are just around the corner. Thank you Jennifer Pohly Polito for being my transplant donor and for posting this inspirational poster in my hospital room. -John Pohly