I Donated Bone Marrow to a Stranger
When people find out what I have done, the reaction is overwhelming. I have heard that I am a hero, that I am brave, and that I am blessed. It’s a little embarrassing to get that much praise, when it didn’t seem real until I actually went through it. I know it’s a big deal, but if you are told that you can save someone’s life in return for a few days of pain and discomfort, how can you say no?
I would like to thank the many people that supported me through this process. Thanks to my Be The Match Donor Representative for explaining everything so clearly and checking in on me regularly. Thanks to the staff at the hospital where the procedure was done. Everyone was so nice, friendly, and appreciative. Thanks to my manager and colleagues at work for their understanding and for covering for me while I was recovering. Finally, thank you to my family, my children and, most of all, my husband for being there every step of the way, supporting me, and taking care of me. I couldn’t have done it without him.
Soon after the procedure, my sister asked if I would do it a second time. Each day that passes, I am more confident that I would. When I think about the pain and suffering that Rachel and others like her have gone through, both from the disease itself as well as the treatment, I realize that what I have been through is nothing. I would absolutely do it again, and I encourage everyone to register to be a bone marrow donor. It truly is a wonderful program that provides hope and saves lives. Many more donors are needed, especially from ethnic minorities, and you could hold the key to someone’s life within your bones! Go to bethematch.org or www.aadp.org for information on how you can register.