I’m thinking about registering as a bone marrow donor. Registering is trivial, but extraction is a bit tricky. It’s very very hard to match marrow types, so for those people waiting for bone marrow transplants the more registrants the merrier. But, if they do find a match, then you could definitely give hope and potentially save a life.
Here’s a write up from Marrow.org.
Bone marrow donation
Bone marrow donation is a surgical procedure. While you receive anesthesia, doctors use special, hollow needles to withdraw liquid marrow from the back of your pelvic bones. Many donors receive a transfusion of their own previously donated blood.
Side effects and recovery
You can expect to feel some soreness in your lower back for a few days or longer. Most donors are back to their normal routine in a few days. Your marrow is completely replaced within four to six weeks.
What do you guys think of such things? Are you already registered? Have you gone through the process and would you be willing to share your experiences? If you haven’t registered, would you be willing to join a MikeDiDonato.com bone marrow registering party? 5 days of soreness seems like nothing when compared to helping save a life.