I'm a potential bone marrow match! - page 2

I had went to a bone marrow drive back in 1998, and I got a call yesterday saying there is a 38 year old woman with Hodgkin's Lymphoma who looks like a preliminary match. They asked for consent to do... Read More

  1. by   missmercy
    Quote from TonyafutureRN
    I had went to a bone marrow drive back in 1998, and I got a call yesterday saying there is a 38 year old woman with Hodgkin's Lymphoma who looks like a preliminary match. They asked for consent to do further testing on my blood,which I gave. If that checks out, I will have a physical and more blood drawn. If everything matches up and looks good, I will donate marrow (or stem cells) anywhere from 2 to 4 months. I guess some people would think I'm crazy for being excited at the possibility of having a needle put into my bone to help a perfect stranger, but I am excited at the idea of helping someone with cancer. Has anyone gone through this or known someone who did? If so,input please! Thank you! Tonya

    SOOOOOO Proud of you!!! Congratulations on the possibility of being able to save a life!!! Wish there were millions like you!! Thanks you for caring, for following through and for giving of yourself -- literally!!!! You are a real hero in my book!! God bless you -- LOTS!!!!
  2. by   Tweety
    What a beautiful gift to give someone. Kudos to you!
  3. by   Energizer Bunny
    I sure can't afford to give out money to help anyone right now, so I guess I'll have to wait to be put on the registry. I can't even pay my own bills.....*sigh* too bad that they have to add paying money out to the equation.
  4. by   cannoli
    A sibling had bone marrow cancer, it was because of that that I got on the registry, though I had been thinking about it for years before that. Sibling did not want a transplant and died about 15 months after diagnosis.

    I did it through the American Red Cross, and it would have cost me except that I gave an aphoresis donation x 2, (platelets) and the fee was waived because of the donation. I would think they would probably still do that as they need platelet donors.
  5. by   Energizer Bunny
    i'm always donating blood so I'll ask them the next time I go.
  6. by   PennyLane
    What a beautiful gift to give someone. My sister died of Hodgkin's two years ago, she had a transplant of her own marrow--I wasn't a match.
  7. by   Loving Life
    The hospital I work at had a free marrow drive for the first 50 people. I took advantage of that. I work at a children's hospital bone marrow transplant/heme-onc floor. It is a great thing that you are doing. I see these families holding on to every thing they can. A transplant is usually the last hope. Many times it works and other times not. But these families are desperate. You have the chance to actually help save a life. Thank you.
  8. by   nurseunderwater
    i understand your excitement...I don't think it's odd at all. Crossing my fingers that it all comes to bear. Good luck and to you. thanks for being a part of something magical...Kate
  9. by   JWRN
    That is great...It is a special gift...It is not exactly the same, but I gave my brother a kidney in Sept. 2002. To me it was no big deal and is still not, I know to some people think it is a big deal. But I never gave it a second thought, even while I was in the holding area with my brother...They took him back, and about 45 minutes later they took me back...I never even thought about the complications or risks...Never, I really didn't, I mean I knew them and understood them, but I just never really gave them any thought...Anyhow....You are doing a wonderful thing and giving a person (stranger) another chance at life....Good for you....
  10. by   renerian
    I have been on the registry for 4 years and no calls. I hear I would be a hard matched based on my make up.


    Good luck and keep us posted!


    renerian
  11. by   canoehead
    I would be happy to donate marrow, or a kidney, or a liver lobe, if someone needed it. but dammed if I am going to pay someone for the privilege to do it. Not when hospitals are makeing millions of dollars in profit off of sick patients that get the procedures. Let THEM recruit donors, and have a computerized match. Or better yet, pay double to the charitable organization that found a donor.

    To restate; JERKS
  12. by   chris_at_lucas_RN
    I'm fascinated by this. I've been on the national marrow donor's list for a number of years. I'm also working on my 13th gallon (mostly platelets) as a blood donor. I get a wonderful feeling every time I donate.

    I was recruited for marrow at the blood bank where I then donated platelets (this would have been Sylvan Goldman/Oklahoma Blood Institute in OKC).

    I never heard of being charged. I certainly never heard of having to make a donation of anything in order to be on the list (referencing the Red Cross).

    That is what "volunteer" means, IMHO.

    I got a call one time, and was informed that the recipient's sibling was a better match but "might not have time this weekend due to prior commitments." Whaaaaa?????

    That one didn't pan out; can't remember why; never got any feedback, which would seem reasonable--confidentiality and all.

    Anyway, call your local (non Red Cross) blood bank and see if they won't sign you up and do the required draws.

    After all, a donor is a donor. Charging you to be a donor--makes NO sense.

    If this doesn't work, then I'm with canoehead--JERKS. (This would make a good "in your corner" type of news story..... hint-hint!)
  13. by   cannoli
    Quote from chris_at_lucas
    I'm fascinated by this. I've been on the national marrow donor's list for a number of years. I'm also working on my 13th gallon (mostly platelets) as a blood donor. I get a wonderful feeling every time I donate.

    I was recruited for marrow at the blood bank where I then donated platelets (this would have been Sylvan Goldman/Oklahoma Blood Institute in OKC).

    I never heard of being charged. I certainly never heard of having to make a donation of anything in order to be on the list (referencing the Red Cross).

    That is what "volunteer" means, IMHO.

    I got a call one time, and was informed that the recipient's sibling was a better match but "might not have time this weekend due to prior commitments." Whaaaaa?????

    That one didn't pan out; can't remember why; never got any feedback, which would seem reasonable--confidentiality and all.

    Anyway, call your local (non Red Cross) blood bank and see if they won't sign you up and do the required draws.

    After all, a donor is a donor. Charging you to be a donor--makes NO sense.

    If this doesn't work, then I'm with canoehead--JERKS. (This would make a good "in your corner" type of news story..... hint-hint!)
    The American Red Cross charges, as I said in my previous post, unless you are a minority and then there is no charge, since there is a shortage of minority donors.

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