Today there was a drive to sign up potential donors onto the National Bone Marrow Registry, so I finally got over my fear and signed up.
I went over with a friend from school who's also involved with donations and fundraising for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. We gave our personal information and signed a sheet, then gave a cheek swab so they could identify our DNA for potential matches with recipients.
All in all, I feel really good about this. I fear needles, but this procedure is only as invasive as a plasma donation. I simultaneously hope I never need to be called on, while hoping I can be that donor who saves someone's life.
Obviously I will update the blog if I am chosen as a donor. Also, there are more donor drives coming up, so let me know if you are willing to sign up on the registry. It's a really great cause!
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