Thursday, 12 June 2014

Matchmaker

I've donated blood a few times in the past, but it's time for me to try donating something new:  stem cells!


To clarify, I'm not for sure donating stem cells at this time.  I need to be matched up with someone first, and there isn't a guarantee that there's someone in need of stem cells or bone marrow at this time that I'm a match for.  But I'm prepared to donate!

I don't have any some sort of sob story reason for doing this.  It's not near and dear to my heart or what have you.  My decision was pretty spur of the moment.  I mean, why not, right?  I don't have a reason not to.

I looked into it, and it sounded pretty easy (though I'll admit getting a needle in my pelvis doesn't sound too comfortable).  A few weeks ago when I donated blood I asked the nurse about it and she got me a brochure.

It was pretty easy from there forward.  I just went online and read all the information, took the quiz (they want to make sure you're well informed before you do this.  You have to get 100% to move onto the next step, but don't worry, it's really easy), and filled out the form.  A few days later they called me to verify some information with me and then said my swab kit would be in the mail.

Not long after, the kit came!


This part was easier than the form.  The instructions were extremely clear, and illustrated, so it was idiot proof, not to mention they had gone over the instructions with me when they called.

Swab swab swab...

Graceful

And then I put it in the mail.


Now my DNA will be in an international database.  Cool!  And saving lives is cool too!  And it's also cool that I'm in a way participating in scientific research.  Stem cell research is new enough that they don't yet know the long term effects.

So now, I wait.  I might not hear back for years, but when I do, I'll be excited.

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