A friend of ours was diagnosed recently with Leukemia. She has been so strong through all of it and is almost ready, once the leukemia goes into remission, for a bone marrow transplant. Every day is one step closer to remission. She recently posted on facebook how we can all register to be bone marrow donors by registering online. Even if we aren’t a match to her, we might have the chance to help someone. She had said that you could even donate painlessly through blood! Through blood? I had always heard it was a really painful procedure involving needles going into your hip area!
I headed over to the website www.marrow.org/ and read the FAQ.
Q: What is the donation process like?
They also have an informative Myth vs. Fact section. Below is some of the interesting stuff I learned:
My parents and myself are all registered organ donors. My mom and dad both donated blood and platelets until they were disqualified due to their own health issues. My mom and I give blood as often as we can. I would love to be able to take this next step and be able to donate bone marrow to someone, anyone!
When you sign up you answer some basic medial questions as well as provide your SSN and drivers licence number as well as your current address and phone number. It may seem like a lot of personal information to give out but they need it so they can get a hold of you if you ever match someone on the registry waiting for bone marrow.
Next they send you a free kit that instructs you how to take a cheek swab. Then you mail back your samples in a postage paid envelope. They will test your samples and enter you into the donor registry. They will contact you if you ever match someone in need.
If you are not comfortable registering as a potential donor, at least consider donating. It costs $100 to add a new donor to the registry. The donor does not pay anything to register. They will put your contribution to work by growing the Be The Match Registry, providing financial assistance to help patients throughout their transplant journey and advancing medical discovery to help patients live longer, healthier lives. Please visit the Be The Match Donation Page if you wish to donate! You can donate as little or as much as you would like, and it is tax deductible.
Follow them on twitter @BeTheMatch
Their Website www.marrow.org
My tissue-typing kit came in the mail yesterday and I mailed it back this morning. In about 6 weeks they should be done testing and I will be added to the registry!
|My cheek swabs ready to be packed up and mailed back!|