So I saved a life..

Discussion in 'General' started by caobone, Dec 16, 2009.

  1. caobone

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    through National Marrow Donor Program / Asian American Donor Program.
    I signed up during spring for my organization's marrow drive on campus. I got a call in the summer, surprisingly I was a match. Went through all the paperwork/ blood work/ physicals/urine tests/ etc. Just a couple days ago they injected me with filgrastim to increase my platelet count. And finally..yesterday,had me hooked on machine for a good 5 hours, and they took out all the blood stem cells for the recipient. This whole process has been life changing for me andI hope my recipient (a 34 y/o with non-hodgkins lymphoma) will continue to live a good and healthy life.

    Cliff notes
    - signed up for bone marrow donation
    - got a call during summer
    - did all the tests
    - donated yesterday (peripheral blood stem cell donation)
    - 34 y/o w/ nonhodgkins lymphoma
    - you should sign up too

    Be the one to save a life
    http://www.marrow.org/
    http://www.aadp.org

    Just a little bit of info.. in case you didn't know, the registry for minority donors is particularly low. So when another minority is affected by leukemiaor other blood disorders, their chances of finding a match are really low.

     
  2. dirtylicious

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  3. jawnyquest

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    good job sir [​IMG]
     
  4. nawth21

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    That's amazing. Congratulations and I hope you're rewarded in the end for your good deeds. It's not as simple as donating blood and because of thisthere is a low supply of marrow for those in need.
     
  5. gmsboy1

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  6. crazy dav0

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    props ... OP ... was it painful??
     
  7. manny1

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  8. caobone

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    Thanks everyone! and ^ nah, really it was just a bunch of needles. First couple were for shots to get filgrastim in the system, and the actual procedure wasjust 2 needles in my veins for a couple hours drawing out the blood stem cells. They did ask me if I felt pain in my bones (which was from filgrastim,basically it creates excess blood stem cells and gets pushed out of the bones into the blood).
    As for actual bone marrow, I hear they do that through your hip.
     
  9. nublee

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    nice [​IMG]
     
  10. seymore cake

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    You have my applause.
     
  11. stack bundless

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  12. dathbgboy

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    Kudos to u sir. Not many are brave enough to go through all that for a complete stranger. Props [​IMG]
     
  13. swoboydehteezy

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    That's the good Hodgkins, right?
     
  14. seniosoul

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    didn't will smith do this on 7 pounds w/o the anesthesia?
     
  15. dmoney82

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    Good mam. Do they compensate you for this? Just asking
     
  16. produccionfrescos

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    PASS.

    But props to you [​IMG]
     
  17. supermanblue79

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    Very nice of you.
     
  18. caobone

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    Man* haha. Anyways, they compensate for all the meals, gas, transportation, etc.
     
  19. jthagreat

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    Thats great.
     
  20. jbone427

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    that's awesome man. takes a certain kind of dude to do something like that. maybe you will get to meet that person you helped out someday. i'm suretheir family is grateful for what you did.

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  21. 23michaeljordan45

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    Good job man [​IMG]
     
  22. imixedi

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    When I think of a Bone Marrow operations, I think of them sticking a needle into your spine. From what I've seen it's REALLY painful. However, You onlyhad the needles go through your veins? I'm confused.

    Nonetheless, Major props.
     
  23. caobone

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    ^ Let's just say I was confused too. Basically I was given a drug that would increase my platelet count (in the bones). It would create so much that itwould get pushed out of my bones into my blood stream. That way, fresh stem cells are created, and they were collected through my veins.

    Thanks again!
     
  24. tim teufel

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    props op.
     
  25. mrben23

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    You've got the right mindset, OP. Props.