Sunday, February 17, 2013

Celebrate my 4-year birthday & join the registry!


You are invited to celebrate my 4-year "birthday" with me & my family at Savoy Cafe & Deli on Sunday, March 3.

We're having a bone marrow drive from 11am-4pm to help save more lives and Savoy is offering 15% off food & drink during the event for those who register!

A representative from Be the Match® Foundation will be there registering potential marrow or stem-cell donors. All it takes is a simple swab of the cheek, be between 18 and 44 years old and in good health. If you are already in the registry, bring a friend or family member who isn't or consider donating to Be the Match in my honor. Though they offer the registry drive for free to anyone who wants to join, it costs about $100 to add each new member. You can even save lives with as little as $10.

Text Match 105 to 50555 to donate $10 today!
*please confirm with a “yes”

From the flyer:
Krista English is a 2-time survivor of AML leukemia, wife and mother of two boys who are now 14 and 11. In 2009, Krista received a stem cell transplant. The full body radiation, high dose chemo and all the medications meant to protect her from infection caused her liver and kidneys to shut down. Things looked bleak as doctors put her into a coma in an attempt to save her life. Miraculously, she woke and eventually her kidneys and liver function returned to normal. Due to the lengthy two and a half month hospital stay she had severe muscle atrophy and left the hospital unable to walk. She has come so far in the last four years that you’d never know to look at her all that she’s been through! You can learn more about her journey at  
When she waited three months while the coordinator searched registries in the U.S., Europe and Australia, surprisingly there were no matches In the U.S. or Europe, and only one match from cord blood from a male baby that had been born 10 years prior in Australia, the cord blood was frozen waiting for its match. Ironically, her oldest son is the same age so she it’s easy to imagine what her unknown donor must be like. A bone marrow transplant (aka stem-cell transplant) means new life for the recipient. For Krista, that meant giving two kids their mom back, who at that time, were only 7 and 10 yrs old. 

When:     Sunday, March 3rd, 2013  
                11:00am – 4:00pm

Where:   Savoy CafĂ© & Deli  at 24 Figueroa, Santa Barbara, 93101

***I'll need volunteers so I don't get worn out on that day. If you'd like to help me register people, let me know at kristaenglish (@) gmail (.) com 

If you're on Facebook, RSVP and share the event at Facebook Event Invite to Share- the more the merrier!

If you have questions about joining the Bone Marrow Registry, please check out the donors section of and I'm sure you'll find the answer you seek. There will be an official representative there on March 3 if you have any more questions in person. 

If nothing else, come for the FOOD! 
It is no accident that we are having this event at my favorite restaurant and I'd love to see you there!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day - a Four-Year Milestone

Me with my favorite chocolate from Chocolate Maya!
As a way to celebrate another year, I'd like to share the post Mike wrote exactly four years ago and compare where we were on Valentine's Day then to today. I only cry when I read it because it reminds me how much Mike loves me (not that I ever doubt it!). His faith in what God clearly spoke to him about the fact that I'd come through is evident in his attitude toward my very tiny progress on that day. His celebrating our love (alone) buy purchasing a copy of one of my favorite romantic movies--despite my state of being in a coma at the time--is where I break down.

Here is what I looked like when he was writing that post--unconscious, and with breathing and feeding tubes! By the way, having a picture of myself at literally my worst moment is really a blessing because, not only does it speaks more than a thousand words, it goes to show that never again do I have a "bad hair day." Perspective is one of the fantastic perks of suffering.

That was me then, but this is me now:
I hope you have a VERY special Valentine's Day! 

If you know me and how well I'm doing now then you might enjoy reading the actual post from four years ago on Valentine's Day. Can you believe it's been four whole years? Look how young the kids were?! Amazing how far we have all come. If you don't know me and need hope, read it and see what a difference a real and powerful God can make in your life when you turn to Him and seek truth in Jesus Christ.
I love you, Mike! Happy Valentine's Day! Guess what movie we'll be watching tonight? (you have to read the post to find out!)
But I will sing of Your strength,
in the morning I will sing of Your love;
for You are my fortress,
my refuge in times of trouble.
O my Strength, I sing praise to You;
you, O God, are my fortress, my loving God.
(Psalm 59:16-17)
Chocolates from Chocolate Maya in Santa Barbara