Birthday PSAToday is my birthday.
To celebrate my 44 years of good health, I did something special today. This afternoon, I went to the hospital and donated blood, but more importantly, I registered to be in the National Bone Marrow Donor Program. I went in, filled out some forms, gave a pint, got my cheek swabbed for the bone marrow testing, enjoyed a sandwich and juice, and left with the satisfaction of knowing that it is now possible for me to make meaningful difference in someone’s life.
Bone marrow matching is more specific than blood matching. Because marrow tissue typing is so specific, a national data base has been developed to track potential donors’ types which is searched as patients require transplants. You may be a match for someone, but it is impossible to know until you give a sample. Getting on the data base facilitates that process. A successful bone marrow match and transplantation gives patients with lymphoma, leukemia, and other hematologic diseases the chance to make healthy blood cells again. It is truly the gift of life. I encourage you to learn more here.