Hey everyone :) If you are healthy and still not convinced to join the registry, please think about the following 10 reasons:
- You will never go through as much pain as I will, even if you become the chosen one and are asked to go through a procedure that involves accessing your direct marrow, which only happens less than 30% of the time. 70% of the time you will probably be watching TV on a screen, and it will hurt as much as giving blood or donating platelets. The fatigue you feel will be similar to over exercising too much.
- During my transplant, I will literally be brought to the brink of death through a final conditioning, only to be rescued immediately by my donor’s stem cells/marrow. How powerful is that? It’s such a big deal that I will have a second birthday.
- I will carry through with the rest of the recovery which will take at least 3 months. I may face a host of potential obstacles and complications along the way, none of which you will need to worry about on your end.
- When I finally meet you a year later, I will give you the biggest hug you’ll ever receive from someone.
- How cool would it be to go through a job interview and if they ask you if you’ve done anything out of the ordinary that sets you apart from other applicants, you answer: “I’ve committed to saving someone’s life as a marrow/stem cell donor when the time calls for it.”
- Every 4 minutes, someone in the U.S. is newly diagnosed with a blood cancer (credit: Leukemia & Lymphoma Society). Wouldn’t you want your friends and loved ones covered with a perfect match someday if they ever need it? And more so if they are an ethnic minority?
- You won’t lose anything like one of your kidneys, your liver or need to be dead in order to give like your heart. You’re giving something of yourself that will regenerate on its own.
- It takes at least 6 weeks to process the kits that are mailed in or received from drives. And these are already expedited for immediate testing. Normally it takes 8-12 weeks. So while my transplant is scheduled for April, in reality my search will only come from drives completed by the end of Feb/early March.
- If you’re a Californian, you get up to 5 days of paid leave if you need to take time off work, thanks to the Michelle Maykin Donation Protection Act. Even the late Steve Jobs advocated for the life-saving opportunities of transplants before his passing, witnessing it signed into law in the Silicon Valley.
- Even if I don’t find my match, I want others to benefit from the search and it won’t go wasted or done in vain. I found out we’ve already helped save a little boy’s life many months ago from initial drives held 2 years prior, and many of my personal friends have already been contacted as potential matches for others.
If you haven’t yet registered, please take a moment to learn more about how to register. It’s quick and simple. And most importantly, it can save someone’s life.