Monday, May 07, 2007

I'm on the list - are you?

The National Bone Marrow Donor Program is kicking off a big recruitment drive through Mother's Day. I have been a registered bone marrow donor for about a decade. I have to admit, at first the thought of it freaked me out, because it would involve a surgical procedure ... for someone I don't even know. Then I got to thinking ...

If I, or my husband or my children or a friend were dieing, and needed a bone marrow transplant to live ... and no one we knew was a match, but a perfect stranger was identified ... and willing ... how would I feel about that total stranger?

So, I would receive a few injections, then be put under for a procedure that may leave me a little achy for a few days - maybe weeks - afterwards. Within four to six weeks, my body will have replinished all of the marrow taken from me. I will carry on with life.

Oh, yeah. And someone out there - a mother, father, sister, brother, friend - will live. They'll live!

My husband and I signed up.

About two years ago I received a call that I was a potential match for someone. All I was told was that it was a man in his 40's. He had a wife and kids. Some more extensive testing was done on my bloodwork (I just had to give permission over the phone - they already had my blood through the donor program). I was eliminated after that process. I found myself sad. Hoping and praying that someone else matched that man ... could bring him life.

Do me a favor, and at least think about it. Learn about it.

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