Now's The Time To Do Something Good: Become A Bone Marrow Donor

Submitted by: holygod 6 months ago in Lifestyle

 

I'm an organ donor and frequent blood donor. I had always thought about becoming a bone marrow donor, but just assumed it was a long process and that the donation was painful so I kept putting it off.


 

I finally moved forward recently and was amazed at how easy it was / is. I thought a bone marrow transplant involved having your bone drilled into and having marrow extracted. That is how it used to be done. Now it is basically a glorified blood transfusion.


 

The steps are easy:


 

1. Go to bethematch.org
 2. Click "Join" at the top
 3. Fill out the quick and simple form.
 4. They mail you swabs. You rub your cheeks and mail them back.
 5. You're put on the registry and it if you are ever a match they contact you.


 

I would encourage everyone to sign up. You truly can make a difference.


 

This year, more than 130,000 Americans will be diagnosed with a serious blood disease.
 Leukemia will strike 3,500 children. It will kill about 700 of them.
 At any given time, about 7,500 Americans are actively searching the national registry for a donor. Only 2 percent of population is on the national registry. At least 3,000 people die each year because they cannot find a matching donor.

There are 7 comments:
Male 129
You know bone marrow transplant requires a large needle to break into the bone and then they scrape it out. NO THANKS!
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Male 8,132
Are you fucking with me? This whole post is literally about the fact that it IS NOT HOW IT IS DONE ANYMORE.
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Male 1,255
Just curious. Have you donated yet? I have a fear of hospitals in general.
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Male 8,132
I have donated whole blood, platelets, plasma, and white blood. I have not yet donated bone marrow (or stem cells). I have submitted everything and been placed on the registry. Now I just wait to see if I'm a match for anyone.
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Male 1,255
Interested in all of this. You should consider writing your experiences with it all. And if you do get bone marrow done, share that experience too. I don't think I can donate much as I've taken anti-malaria meds before.
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Male 252
Donating plasma is also a really good cause as well. I hope more people donate
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Male 7,762
I'm a long time blood and plasma donor. Donate blood on a regular basis and plasma when there's a high need. The citrate used as an anticoagulant tend to make my nose feel like it's collapsing on itself.
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