Jan 29th 2018 by LifesaverReady • 13 Questions • 80 Points
We are: Simon - In September 2013, I was working for a medical device company which actually sold the products used for the bone marrow procedure, and this inspired me to join the register. In early 2016, I was contacted as a potential match, I was the best match for my patient and went on to donate via the bone marrow method in May 2016.
Nick - I went to university in September 2014 to study biomedical sciences, and my brother told me to get involved with everything! So I discovered my University’s Marrow group – they signed me up to the register and really quickly I was identified as a potential match for a patient, by September 2015 I donated through the bloodstream method (also known as PBSC).
Katherine - I worked with someone who’s life was saved by a stem cell transplant, and she did loads of work to spread the word about joining the register in our office. So I signed up! That was in March 2013, and just six months later I was identified as a potential match for a patient and by March 2014 I was donating my bone marrow to a stranger.
More proof: https://imgur.com/a/Hek6c
If you're interested in joining the register you can find out more at www.anthonynolan.org/join
Simon: Thanks for all the questions. I hope that people found it useful. One final plug from me - SIGN UP TODAY!
Katherine: Lovely to chat to you all... and thank you so much for all the questions. Please sign up... and get your friends to sign up. I promise you won't regret it :)
Nick: Thanks all! Great to hear all your questions. I'm off for a salad sandwich. Sign up please!!!
Anthony Nolan: Hope you enjoyed asking our amazing donors about their experience! If you'd like to find out more about joining the register, check out this link: www.anthonynolan.org/join
This is something I've always been curious about, I've always wanted to donate and help save a life, but I hate needles, especially big thick ones lol. What's the procedure like and how painful is it? And do they really drill into the bone?
Simon & Katherine: We both donated via bone marrow harvest and neither of us found the procedure painful. You don't see the needles as it is under general anaesthetic and it's all over really quickly. Yes, they do go into the bone but it's not something you would be at all aware of happening. Simon likens to a bruise after playing football and that was about as bad as it got! :)