HealthHey Reddit, I just finished donating stem cells to a leukemia patient I matched with through the National Bone Marrow Registry! AMA!
Nov 28th 2017 by Meningeezy • 20 Questions • 119 Points
EDIT 2: I know I submitted this yesterday and I left many questions unanswered as I fell asleep and packed up in preparation of flying back home, but I will continue to answer any questions received. Also, again I apologize for leaving so many unanswered through the night. Thanks for the questions so far everyone! Once more, I will continue to answer questions until the thread dies out entirely!
I joined the National Bone Marrow Registry through the Department of Defense Bone Marrow Program back in 2010 when I joined the Marine Corps. Since then, I have been contacted several times as a potential match, and even once before as a best match, but was unable to donate. Finally, this time, I was matched with a patient and asked to donate Peripheral Blood Stem Cells through a process called apheresis. I just finished up and I'm relaxing before heading back home to California. I am here today to hopefully answer any questions, clear any misconceptions people might have about the donation process, and perhaps convince some people to add their name to a registry and one day save a life.
*Everyone in the US can register here: https://bethematch.org/
*Anyone else who has been affiliated with the DoD can register here: https://www.salutetolife.org/
*Images of various emails I received and pictures during my donation.
EDIT: Some wording and more proof
I have always wanted to register for this. Thanks for sharing. How was the procedure?
The procedure itself was this morning and it was pretty mellow. I had a needle in one arm and a plastic tube in another and my blood was just pumped out, filtered, and pumped back in. It took about 4 hours or so to finish.
It is possible, I am not sure of the protocol, but if I remember the details of the phone call correctly, the coordinator said that the patient's health took a "different turn". So I have no idea what it mean's, I'm just hoping they didn't need it and they got better perhaps.
Wow, they are pretty cool sounding and looking dogs, never heard of them before!
Definitely worth looking into. They are absolutely PRECIOUS! I am a bit biased though.